January is National Stalking Awareness Month


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It has been a productive yet challenging week.  Even so, how did it get to be Thursday already?  I have decided to step away from the Steubenville debacle for this week due to other obligations and will return to that subject next week.

For this week, or what’s left of it, as well as the remainder of the month, I will be focusing on the crime of stalking and providing resources on the subject to my readers.  Today’s entry will be short and… well, I was going to write “sweet” but that would be inappropriate.  “Scary” would be a better word.

I will return to writing longer articles next week. For now, I give you the follow statics and facts regarding the stalker:


• 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.

• 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.

• Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases.

• Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.

• Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly.

Mohandie, K. (2006). The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers,” Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51, no. 1

If you or someone you know is being stalked or is in a potentially dangerous situation which could result in domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at:
1 (800) 799-SAFE or 1 (800) 799 – 7233

Is It Worth It? A Lesson in Emotion and Ego Driven Action

I’m changing my name to Cassandra…

Behind the Yellow Tape

Steubenville, Ohio, schools placed on lockdown amid increased interest in controversial rape case (nydailynews.com) link to original article

It is one thing to shine a spotlight upon something the world must see. It is another to light it on fire. Both may draw attention and the latter even more so.

However with a fire, though it may be more awe inspiring and generate more buzz and emotion and is guaranteed to pump people up with the excitement of the spectacle, you risk burning down the very thing you were trying to bring attention to, and unlike a spotlight more often than not, as is the case with impulsively lit fires you have no control over its intensity and its spread, and so you risk losing control of it and endangering everything and everyone around it, regardless if they had anything to do with the very thing you wanted to highlight.

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Double Standards and Protected Identities


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The risks of compromised evidence in the Steubenville Rape case are very real and the more this nonsense with the so-called #KnightSec faction of Anonymous and those working with them continue with their lynch mob antics the greater the risk for the victim in terms of miscarriage of justice.  Furthermore, the longer this circus-like behavior is allowed to continue the more I think that perhaps that is the specific intention; to ensure that the case can never be properly prosecuted thereby allowing the perpetrators to go free with the victim left dealing with the aftermath for the rest of her life.

The incessant and willfully defiant re-posting of the Nodianos video in which the details of what is believed to be the August sexual assault which are discussed in detail only potentially compromises the evidence and puts it at risk for exclusion at trial.  This video should have been surrendered to police, not paraded around for lusty voyeuristic public consumption as many of whom having seen it appear to be quite entertained by this poor girl’s misfortune.

By broadening the audience from a few who should have seen it, e.g. law enforcement officials beyond the scope of legal tolerance, you have potentially compromised the use of this information within a court of law.  Furthermore, assuming that Nodianos is indeed referencing the video of the August rape, the victim is now in the position of being forced to re-live the crime over and over and over again which puts her at greater risks in terms of recovery.  The victim’s humiliation could have remained private as she began to work through the process toward healing, however; that private privilege has been stripped from her by “well meaning” vigilantes who are more intent on creating chaos at her expense under the guise of “there must be justice” and “lets DO something.” All of this has been done without a plan or any palpable respect for the rule of law and the requirement of due process.

The Steubenville Rape victim will be able to go virtually nowhere in her own town where her victimization isn’t the talk of the town.  As a result, she runs the risk of re-living this trauma repeatedly and likely for a very, very long time while perhaps sidestepping her community. Add to that being removed from the place of her community because the public have been unnecessarily brought in with privilege to hear and see the graphic details of her violent humiliation.

As Joey Ortega with BehindTheYellowTape stated clearly in a recent response to this issue, “In the end all that is accomplished are tweets, posts, etc that are talking about how cool these Anonymous people are for finding and posting and telling others to do the same, building up their self-esteem and dignity while chipping away at hers with each share and repost.”  And that, folks, is the limit of their knowledge regarding this case, how the law functions, and the true effects of their flash-in-the-pan behavior in terms of seeing justice prevail.

The audacity of these so-called Anonymous participants having the nerve to hide behind Guy Fawkes masks (the meaning of which is lost on the majority of them, I can assure you) to protect their own identity while they simultaneously parade the identity of the rape victim around the Internet without any regard for her right to remain anonymous is a slap in the face to victims everywhere!  This behavior at the very least is insulting to the Steubenville Rape victim, in particular.  How dare they decide that their own identity deserves more protection than the victims, a minor who has been victimized in a truly horrible way and is now being victimized over and over and over again thanks to #KnightSec wannabe Anonymous faction and all of the wannabes who have jumped on the bandwagon.  How dare they make that decision for the victim of this heinous crime!

In my opinion, as rule #6 of the “Rules of the Internet” states in regards to Anonymous, “Anonymous can be horrible, senseless, uncaring monster” which in this case appears to be true. This so-called #KnightSec faction – which I am still convinced has little if anything to do with the authentic Anonymous – has clearly lived up to rule number six. They truly are monsters!  Congratulations, opportunistic tricksters; you’ve accomplished nothing.

~Amy Lynn Burch

(…and I am NOT Anonymous)

Cognitive Dissent and Paranoia in the Populace


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I’ve stated this maxim before and I’ll state it again: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  And, indeed, it is.  Regardless of how passionate one may feel about an unfair situation, criminal act, or social injustice having good intentions bolstered by mob mentality rarely accomplishes more than the shredding of facts and the ruining of any potential justice.

The assumption tends to be, by the masses, that good intention automatically leads to moral actions which influence change for the better.  However, for all the good intent behind reckless protest and passion we should never underestimate the power of unintended negative consequences.

Case in point the Steubenville Ohio Rape case and the apparent involvement of what is assumed the non-ANONYMOUS faction #KnightSec which has inserted itself into an ongoing investigation without a plan.  “We must do something!” they say at least in terms of behavior but what exactly? And do something, they have.  They’ve created chaos, disharmony, risk of retraumatization for the victim, and have succeeded in making themselves look like clueless idiots to the thinking person and heroes to those who do not understand criminal process.  In the meantime, the victim is potentially being re-injured by the prankster-trickster-hacktivist antics of emotional two year olds intent on creating a mess only to watch others clean it up. Shameful.

Saturday’s impending protest #2 in Steubenville has the potential to go horribly wrong but will anyone care? Probably not.  As long as those who wish to bask in the limelight of national attention at the expense of the victim (whether intended or not) continue their sensational antics the risk that true legal justice may never be brought to this case becomes an increasing probability.  Additionally, the continued use of the rape victim to their own advantage in terms of parading her attack around in public is in itself another form of rape: emotional rape. But who cares, right?  Just as long as they spell your name correctly on whatever news show you happen to appear? That is the true potential fallout: the limelight seekers get their 15 minutes of fame and a few mentions by D-list actors.  But the victim… who cares what all of this circus behavior does to her in the long term, right?  Deplorable.

Vigilante narratives may seem romantic in theory but rarely play out well in reality. Unfortunately, this apparent wannabe faction, this #KnightSec of ANONYMOUS does not understand this concept which ultimately might be to the detriment of justice being served in the Steubenville Rape case.  Some personalities are simply motivated by destruction and opposing established order.  For evidence of this fact we need look no further than Oppositional Defiance Disorder in children and Conduct Disorder in teens which at its worst become Antisocial Personality Disorder in adulthood.  To be certain, I am not suggesting that all participants and factions within the so-called ANONYMOUS movement are, in fact, suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder.  However, the behavioral pathology bares striking similarities.  I could assign all manner of terms to their behavior thus far; Passive-aggressive comes to mind, so does narcissistic.

As a group ANONYMOUS boasts that they are non-violent protesters of mainstream organization which begs the question, “why are they inserting themselves into politics and criminal investigations, both of which have the potential to turn violent as a result of lynch mob mentality?”  It would appear that this ANONYMOUS wannabe faction known as #KnightSec is in grave danger of becoming what it appears to despise: power hungry bullies who leap before they look and always at the expense of others.

~Amy Lynn  Burch

(and I am not ANONYMOUS)


A final Written Attempt To Answer The Same Arguments

Behind the Yellow Tape

My last attempt to answer the same arguments coming across our mailbox and posts.

Yes Anonymous posting a lot of “juicy” stuff that may seem like new info and getting a lot of attention however they did not post stuff that we did not know or were not told by locals, and even had some documentation for that may have backed it up if given time to complete our investigative efforts but we don’t just throw info out there for the heck of it or to shock and awe the masses as is happening now.

Posting un-worked tips and claims and personal contact info is not investigation nor reporting. It’s just gossip, rumor mongering and endangerment of potentially innocent people. You don’t do all that if you are trying hold people legally accountable and cops don’t need you to give them addresses, the only reason to do what they do…

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Behind the Yellow Tape

imageI thought a wise and necessary first post of the year would be one that addresses and some of the recent toxic and distracting drama that has surfaced last year. Lay bare my honest and direct thoughts and answer some to the pervading questions submitted to me about and then lay the matter down once and for all and move forward, doing my part to continue to strive and labor to bring to light a little more justice and truth to this new year though BTYT and my life outside it.

Many have written me asking about the sudden involvement of Anonymous in the Stebenville gang rapes and possible corruption in that community, my views about whether I feel their involvement will help or hurt. Others have written asking me about a sudden flurry of tweets and hate blogs looking to undermine my contribution to this case and the many…

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November…no really…Remember!!!!

Behind the Yellow Tape

Standing in front of a Government building with a certain mask…you might as well be wearing a Timothy McVey one instead. Hiding behind a mask only affirms the strength of your enemy…doing so in the guise of a failed British mass murderer and terrorist affirms your enemy’s belief that the law should not outweigh personal passions and desires.

Guy Fawkes Day Poem

Traditional British

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
‘Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God’s providence he was catch’d,
With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip hip Hoorah !
Hip hip Hoorah…

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

Joey Ortega’s months of hard work in exposing the corruption of Steubenville, OH and holding those responsible legally accountable for their actions will continue long after flash-in-the-pan wannabe tactics have ceased. Good on ya, Joey!

~Amy Lynn Burch

Behind the Yellow Tape

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

It is not enough to simply enter the fray, take some shortcuts, ignore the rules, and threaten the enemy with bravado.  It is not enough to be loud and flashy. The attention and awe of the many is by no means an indication of victory.  Leading and acting with ego, mystique, with the same disregard for society rules as the villain you claim to abhor makes one no less of a villain themselves.

Whatever “glory” is achieved is at best ephemeral and at worst delayed defeat in disguise.

Many are claiming victory as they come into the battle in the 11th hour, standing on the laborers, blood, sweat, and tears of those who battled on when…

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Anonymous #OpRollRedRoll Press Release



I appreciate the passion of Anonymous in wishing to see to it that justice is served in the Steubenville Rape case. However, the open exposure of potential evidence before charges can be preferred against the perpetrators makes any such evidence potentially useless in a court of law which will only further harm the victim. It is for this reason that I strongly urge anyone with material evidence in this case to please send the information to law enforcement officials immediately! If you feel unsafe in doing so then please forward the information to Joey Ortega at Behind The Yellow Tape. Your cooperation in this matter will help us achieve justice for this young woman and for the potentially countless others that may wish to come forward in the future.

Thank you~
Amy Lynn Burch

Human Trafficking: Effective Intervention

*Part Four of a four-part series  

 ~by Amy Lynn Burch 

 Originally published on June 15, 2012 @ 3:02pm 


The modern day variant of human slavery known as human trafficking continues to thrive within the United States as well as on a global level.  Law enforcement officials are a critical element in combating human trafficking at the local level with effective intervention strategies having the potential to halt trafficking on a broader scale.   With the United States being one of the primary destination countries for human trafficking, it is paramount that local law enforcement take seriously the challenge to identity and stop the proliferation of the selling of human beings, particularly women children, for sexual purposes. A well trained and knowledgeable police force who understands the plight of victims and what they have suffered is essential in providing intervention. A multi-agency and interdisciplinary strategy with a vision toward rescue and recovery begins with you. Take serious your responsibility that victims are protected and those responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 


The particular needs of sex trafficking victims include: immediate medical care for physical and psychological injuries suffered while in captivity; treatment for sexually transmitted diseases obtained while in captivity; life skills training of which they were robbed while in captivity, particularly for those children who have grown into adulthood while held captive in sexual slavery; job skills training; literacy; and childcare for those who have given birth while in captivity.  All of these needs must be addressed in the short-term as well as the long-term and available resources for the victim to obtain. The common obstacle to those victims coming of a lifestyle of abuse is money and available resources.  Victims exiting sexual slavery have no financial resources with which to receive services.  It is for this reason that advocacy intervention must occur on behalf of victims by providing the needs through public and private intervention.  Make no mistake, this is not someone else’s problem to solve!  The challenge of restoring humanity to victims is the responsibility of us all. 

One of the greatest challenges for victims of sexual exploitation due to human trafficking is the restoration of dignity which may not be tangible but is no less a need.  For the victims of sexual exploitation, the stigma of being labeled “damaged goods” by a society that fails to understand the helplessness involved in human trafficking can seem insurmountable.  It is for this reason that public awareness campaigns move beyond the mere “knowing” of victims and their plight into active and tangible intervention strategies that are well funded and well established nationwide to combat the stigma that victims face on a daily bases.  Public education regarding the reality of human trafficking and its criminal enslavement of human beings is essential in aiding and integrating the abused back into society in a meaningful and stigma-free manner.


Victim Needs and Services

Trafficking victims have a unique set of needs that require a multidisciplinary approach to rescue and recovery. The four general areas of need are: immediate assistance with housing, food, and clothing; mental health assistance to include counseling; income assistance to include cash and income; and legal status for those trafficked from other countries (DoD TIP).  Aside from intuition and human compassion for the needs of victims, knowing where to turn for help at the local and Federal level is your greatest tool in combating trafficking. Following is a list credible organization’s which offer aid to address the needs of victims:


Ayuda, Inc.

1736 Columbia Road, NW

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 387-2870


Boat People SOS

6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 640

Falls Church, VA 22042-2336

Phone: (703) 538-2190

Email: bpsos@bpsos.org


Break the Chain Campaign

733 15th Street, NW Suite 1020

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 234-9382

Email: joy@ips-dc.org


Commonwealth Catholic Charities

1512 Willow Lawn DriveP.O. Box 6565

Richmond, VA 23230

Phone (804) 285-5900


Courtney’s House

P.O. Box 48626

Washington, D.C. 20002

Phone: (202) 525-1426


Covenant House

Administrative Offices

2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20020

Phone: (202) 610-9600


Polaris Project

Washington, D.C. Office

P.O. Box 53315

Washington, D.C. 20009

Phone: (202) 745-1001


Project HOPE International

4410 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 210

Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202)330-2800

Email: info@phi-ngo.org


Virginia Poverty Law Center

700 East Franklin Street, Suite 14T1

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 782-9430 


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