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Tuesday’s with Prevention: Rape Culture

In Sexual Assault Awareness on April 12, 2011 at 7:00 am

“A rape culture is a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm.

In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable as death or taxes. This violence, however, is neither biologically nor divinely ordained. Much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.” pg. XI ‘Transforming a Rape Culture’

We live in a culture that encourages rape and sexual assault. We blame the victims, ‘what were you wearing?’ ‘How much did you drink?’ ‘What did you think was going to happen?’ ‘Why did you go out dressed like that?’

I think that the best example of this is what happened in Cleveland, Texas. The people in the community who were interviewed took the side of the boys, not the 11 year girl who was gang-raped. What kind of society does this? This is not an isolated incident either, things kind of atrocity is relatively common, considering its severity. Look at Glen Ridge, these normal boys assaulted this girl. They saw a vulnerability and pounced. Something is wrong. We need to take a very serious look at our culture. Its not enough to not assault someone, you have to stand up for those assaulted, and stand in the way of those about to be assaulted.

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