Stamford Marriott Blames Victim for Her Own Rape

by Anonymous Shaker

[Trigger warning; action item below.]

The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is claiming that a woman who was raped in their parking garage on October 10, 2006 "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities."

This is in response to the lawsuit brought against the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa by the woman who says that the hotel should have prevented the attack.

Her attacker, Gary Fricker, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a plea deal. He confessed to the crime of holding the woman at gunpoint, robbing her, then sexually assaulting her in front of her two children. He also threatened to sexually assault one of her children as well.

It is unclear when during this attack that the woman and her children, who were age 3 and 5 at the time, should have tried to "mitigate their damages." (Perhaps the 3-year-old should have grabbed for the gun while the 5-year-old subdued the attacker.) It is also unclear what the woman's tennis partners, Pilates instructor or the children's baby sitter have to offer on the topic, but the hotel subpoenaed them all the same, thus effectively outing the woman who had otherwise been identified as Jane Doe to help preserve her privacy.

Whether or not the hotel bears any responsibility for the attack may be up for debate, but it should be obvious that the woman herself does not. Sadly, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa does not seem to agree.

To speak up about the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa and its victim-blaming, here are the people and places to contact:

For the hotel:

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
243 Tresser Blvd
Stamford, CT, 06901
(203) 357-9555 (phone)
(203) 324-6897 (fax)

General Manager: Joe Kelly

For the hotel's owners:

Meyer Jabara Hotels
7 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 798-1099 (phone)
(203) 798-2620 (fax)
CEO: Richard Jabara

For Marriott International:

Corporate Headquarters
Marriott International
10400 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, Md. 20817
(301) 380-3000 (phone)
CEO: Bill Marriott
Bill's Blog:

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