“I didn’t get into this business for other people to know my name.” ~Niecy Nash
Niecy Nash said she didn’t get into this business for other people to know her name. After her performance in Dahmer, it’ll be hard to forget her name. This Glow Girl deserves every award for giving such an outstanding performance. Nash put her heart and soul into this performance and even risked her mental health for this role. Reliving traumatic situations can trigger PTSD, yet the show must go on, which led to a critically-acclaimed performance by Nash.
I admit that when I first heard about Dahmer, I wasn’t planning to watch it. The turning point came when I read that it was Netflix’s No. 1 watched series of all time. I stayed because of Nash’s compelling performance. What was different between the serial killer thriller and all the others was that it gave the victim’s point of view, which is one we aren’t shown very often. A common theme that I noticed was people that were not being heard.
What was it about Niecy Nash’s Performance?
The emotion was genuinely authentic, and it’s safe to assume that Nash pulled from her past traumas to bring this character to life. A year after the man who murdered her brother was released, he murdered his wife! If anybody knows the pain of losing a loved one, it’s Nash. I couldn’t think of a better candidate to advocate for victims and their families.
Have you ever had your complaints fall short in the hands of law enforcement officers, or has the police violated your civil rights? Not sure what to do next? Below is a list of things to do when you’re not being heard, along with some useful links.
6 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT BEING HEARD
- Know your rights and their code of conduct.
- Write everything down. Jot down everything you remember, including the officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, the agency they represent, and the contact information of witnesses. (you can ask witnesses to write down anything they remember, too).
- You can go up the chain. Ask to speak to a supervisor or next-highest-ranking officer if your complaint isn’t being taken seriously or if you feel uncomfortable.
- Report it to other law enforcement agencies. Many jurisdictions have both police forces and county sheriff departments. You can also contact your county’s District Attorney General’s Office. Generally, the DA’s office has an in-house investigator.
- Report misconduct later, and don’t argue. If your rights have been violated, don’t threaten to file a complaint in the heat of the moment. Be as neutral and as cooperative as possible. Contact a civil rights attorney and share everything you have written down, including witness contact info.
- Contact the Juvenile Court Judge in your county (when children are involved). These judges have excellent oversight of the Department of Children’s Services employees within their particular county. They are highly concerned with protecting children and their safety.
The way law enforcement officers evaluate complaints should not be impacted by victims’ nonconformance with behavioral stereotypes. Biases should never prevent authorities from taking a report or detectives from conducting a full investigation of all complaints received. Bookmark this article and refer back to it if you ever find yourself in need.