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Update: Marriott has withdrawn its claim that Jane Doe “failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities.”

[The Marriott is] profoundly sorry that such a terrible thing happened to the victim of this violent crime.

In Stamford, Connecticut, on October 10th, 2006, a man by the name of Gary Fricker pulled a gun on “Jane Doe” and her two children in the Marriott parking garage, forced them into her minivan, and then raped her at gunpoint in front of her children.  Fricker was arrested three days later and confessed, landing him twenty years behind bars.

Jane Doe, 40, recently filed suit with Marriott due to its negligent security staff, which had disappeared when Jane and her children were abducted.

The second heinous crime happened when the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa responded to this horrifying incident, saying,

[S]he was careless, negligent and “failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities,”

Read the rest of the story here (Connecticut Post).

Let’s just rehash a bit here: mother and children are kidnapped in hotel parking garage, mother is raped at gunpoint in front of children, kidnapper is arrested and penalized with twenty years in prison, mother sues hotel for negligent security, hotel responds by saying the kidnap/rape was her fault.

A woman is never to blame for being raped — especially under Jane Doe’s circumstance where she and her children were abducted in a hotel parking garage.  Marriott doesn’t believe that the assault is their problem — okay, we can (sort of) deal with that — but claiming that she was “careless”, “negligent”, and basically not using her head (in Marriott’s own parking garage), is completely unforgivable.

And by the way, the assault is Marriott’s problem.  If Marriott does own the parking garage then, yes, anything that happens inside the garage is their problem — especially if security fails to protect the people who pay money to stay at their hotels.  Marriott claims that the “acts were unforeseen and beyond their control”, but it did occur on their premise.  If someone set a car on fire in their parking garage, Marriott would sue whoever lit the car, but since the sexual assault wasn’t against Marriott, they simply don’t think it’s part of their problem.

Marriott needs need to increase their security to prevent these atrocities and they definitely need to overhaul their PR department if they want to keep their customers.  A woman is never to blame for being raped.


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