Comic 1044 - Stay Home

11th Apr 2018, 8:48 AM in Ch. 35 - Weather the Storm
Stay Home
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Jocelyn 11th Apr 2018, 8:48 AM edit delete
One long stormy night eventually brings the next day. We don't know all of what transpired, of course, but we're slowly learning the aftermath. And boy, what a mess! Maria's not in school. Chanel's not in school (and actually injured). Todd IS in school.

On the plus side, Rain takes a moment to check up on Chanel between classes like the good friend she is. Much is discussed, but what is your main takeaway here?

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FishEye18 11th Apr 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Oh Rain. If I had you as a friend going through school my back wouldn't ache like an old man. q.q
SilentNight 11th Apr 2018, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Is there a reason Rain switches to her masc voice for moment at the start of panel four?
lare290 11th Apr 2018, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Could very well just be a mistake on Jocelyn's part.
Jocelyn 11th Apr 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

The reason is that I goofed and didn't notice it. I'll fix it in a few.

Thanks for catching it.
Emmi 12th Apr 2018, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
I get that changing the way you do it would be weird at this point, but I feel like given she's not used a masc voice at all in almost a year (aside from the couple days during the holidays when she recloseted) wouldn't her fem voice be the natural one now, and thus not italicized? At this point talking fem probably comes 100% natural to her and she would have to think about it if she needed to go masc for something. Like she even almost talked fem for when she saw Aiken for the first time.
Jocelyn 12th Apr 2018, 8:09 AM edit delete reply

There are a lot of assumptions in there. Changing one's voice is not a guarantee for everyone, even if you're doing it all the time. As someone who was never fully able change my own voice (and I've been at it over a decade), while I can produce a good feminine sound and I can maintain it, I still have to concentrate really hard while I speak or it will quickly dip back down. It's not uncommon for me to completely lose my female voice if giving a long-winded explanation, for example, because I get into it and my focus moves to what I'm talking about and not how I sound while I say it.

I've known many trans women who were able to permanently change it to the point where it becomes a struggle to use their original voice, so I'm well aware that's possible (as represented by Jessica). But that's not something I've been able to do. It's not something every trans woman can do (so I don't think we should treat it like it's some kind of automatic guarantee we all experience). And the same goes for Rain. The italics in her speech represent a constant effort to maintain the sound she wants. And even then, she probably wouldn't call it perfect.

I realize it's a small, subtle thing that, from a writing perspective, should be quick and easy to change. But I would rather keep it the way it is at this time. For the girls who struggle with their voices.
DocMesa 11th Apr 2018, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Chanel's parent's lawyers could have an absolute field day with this, depending on which aspects they choose to tackle.
William 11th Apr 2018, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Indeed. They have witnessed proof of Todd assaulting Chanel. They have medical evidence regarding the injury. They have evidence that the school knew about Todd but ignored things.
The school has a clear duty of care toward Chanel. My initial claim would be $10,000,000
(I would expect to settle around 500,000).
Paradise Kiss 12th Apr 2018, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
In my area there are laws that limit how much you can sue the schools to $10,000. Not sure if that applied to non-public schools...but yeah. Chanel may do better to sue Todd and his family.
SayTaylor 11th Apr 2018, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
I really hope that all this culminates in a large group of people Father Quenton out on his BS... A few parents, staff, students and lawyers should do the trick.
I bet he digs this hole even deeper first though, like outing and attempting to punish other students or something.
SayTaylor 11th Apr 2018, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
*group of people calling out Father Quenton*
MildlyMilquetoast 11th Apr 2018, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
The fact that it’s Todd and everyone thinks he’s an asshole will definitely help
Monarch Bee 13th Apr 2018, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
I mean if Chanel's parents have a quarter the wealth Jocelyn has implied and know how to use it (though if they took off work to make sure to speak to lawyers this fast I'm guessing probably?). His best-case at this point imo is getting quickly shuffled out of this diocese and the Church quietly settling with nondisclosure clauses.
Tualha 11th Apr 2018, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps some fictional group similar to GLSEN will get involved ...
Sarah 11th Apr 2018, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Totally called how pissed Nelly's parents would be. Hopefully this results in something good in the long term.
Emily 11th Apr 2018, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
*giggles in delighted anticipation of watching Father Quenton getting verbally shredded by a very angry NellyMom/Dad*

*rubs hands together in delighted anticipation of a lawsuit - please, could there be a lawsuit? Pretty please.*
Lemonado Girl 11th Apr 2018, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
FishEye18 12th Apr 2018, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
>When the ACLU joins in, you know its gonna be gud.
Queen Wolfen 12th Apr 2018, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
Ok yeah, Todd and Quenton are in dire need of some good old fashioned karma.
Monarch Bee 13th Apr 2018, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
So I've been poking into this out of curiosity, and the more I look at it the more I wonder if it could actually become a criminal investigation. Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, and have had only a very little formal education on the law past the basics. All of this represents only my anonymous internet opinion, and don't really mean much.

If people have been reporting the issues they've had with Todd (and Chanel has been reporting the issues with boys in general harassing her over her chest) it's conceivable that a case could be made. Todd could easily be held liable for menacing and assault (New York's equivalents of assault and battery, kind of - not really, but close). There's the sexual bit, too: He was trying to force an underage girl to be his date to prom, and with the sheer volume of girls who can testify about how aggressively he was trying to get a date that *could* lead to some sort of sexual harassment charges (or at least mediation of some sort - maybe a settlement involving remediation plus agreeing to transfer Todd out and have him go through some sexual violence prevention courses, for instance?). There were several witnesses to the actual assault, including Brother Arthur. A lawsuit against Todd seems pretty obvious to my non-lawyer observation at this point if it's escalated to a legal level, but it's not exactly a stretch to imagine him being convicted of criminal charges over this.

As for Quentin himself, though, that's harder. Depending on when this is set, anti-bullying laws could hit him. Regardless, negligence charges are possible, though I don't think they'd have a very good chance. You have to prove that he explicitly knew about the ongoing violence and harassment and did not stop it - a pretty hard standard unless people have been consistently reporting it and making sure official documentation gets drawn up. Honestly lawsuits are much more likely to actually stick. Regardless, if his employees (especially Brother Arthur) are willing to help go after him, it could make his life much worse. Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic Church has deep pockets, and while they absolutely should not defend this butt, they are known to make questionable decisions regarding legal action against their ordained folks. idk, that one could go either way. I think criminal charges are very unlikely but possible, lawsuit probably but much harder to make stick than vs Todd (and ultimately depends on what Brother Arthur and the Church do, though Arthur's penance thing makes me think he might stand up for the kids even if the Church told him not to).
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