Rape is alarmingly prevalent in our society, and it’s a terrifying trend. We see news stories every day about violent sexual assaults, and the only thing scarier than the thought of being sexually assaulted is the thought that such a traumatic incident often goes unpunished or even gets blamed on the victim. What the hell? We’re better than this, and we need to take action. It’s time for rape culture to die forever so we can live in a civil and respectful society.
Consent is black and white; there’s no gray area.
Consent can only be given by someone who’s clear-headed enough to decide to have sex, and just because someone doesn’t say no, it’s not okay to assume the answer is yes. If someone is too intoxicated to consent, it’s better to take the high road; go home and masturbate. Save the world from one more trauma, and you might even save yourself from prison time.
It’s never OK to blame the victim.
When a new rape case is brought to light, it seems like the victim blaming begins almost immediately. Why was she walking alone at night? Why was she hanging out with guys? Just stop already! Rape is never the fault of the victim, no matter what, and it’s ridiculous that we even need to clarify something that should be common sense.
“Boys will be boys” is not an excuse.
People like the Stanford rapist’s father damage our values so much when they make excuses for reprehensible behavior. Having male hormones does not make it acceptable to sexually assault and traumatize others. It’s time to hold rapists accountable for their actions and stop making excuses for them.
It’s time to be honest about the cause of rape.
Short skirts don’t cause rape, and neither does alcohol. A woman should be able to wear whatever she wants and drink as much as she wants without danger of being raped. There’s only one legitimate cause of rape: rapists. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Money and privilege don’t entitle anyone to sex.
Sorry, but no amount of money or privilege negates the need for actual consent. It creates a dangerous precedent when privileged people think they’re not only above the law but above decent human compassion, and they can just take whatever they want with no regard as to how their selfishness will affect others. The entitled mindset needs to end now.
Rapists are violent criminals, and we shouldn’t feel bad about locking them up.
If someone like Brock Turner didn’t want his life to be adversely affected by sexual assault convictions, he shouldn’t have sexually assaulted anyone. He made a choice, just like every violent criminal, and his choice traumatized a young woman for the rest of her life. She deserves justice, like all rape victims, and we as a society deserve to be protected from dangerous criminals so they can’t hurt more people.
We can make this world a better place.
Step one is to start teaching boys from a very young age to respect women, not to view them as objects to be used for their pleasure. If we instill love and respect in the next generation rather than greed and manipulation, we can start a chain reaction of positivity that will change the world in the best way possible.
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