"I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women. They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful." There are too many cases of men assaulting, raping and killing women, and then claiming that it wasn’t their fault. Then whose fault was it? Apparently — it’s usually the woman’s fault. It’s our fault when we hurt their feelings. It’s our fault if we provoke their bad temper. It’s our fault that we don’t grant them immediate access to our vaginas. Its our fault when we don’t give them our bodies. It’s our fault when we don’t give them our number. When we walk into a police station to report our rape, the policemen ask things like “how much did you drink?” or “what were you wearing?” or “were you flirting with him?” to gauge just how much of the incident is our fault. If the case makes it to trial, a defense lawyer, a judge and a jury will ask the same questions all over again — to gauge just how much of the incident is our fault. Even if a man is found guilty, there’s a solid chance he won’t face jail time. Case in point: Our dear friend, Brock Turner. Pretty little white-boy athlete who was caught in the act of disrobing and raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Got six months and probation for a sentence that carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison. “I read something that I will never forgive; I read that according to him I liked it. I liked it. Again, I do not have words for these feelings. It’s like if you were to read an article where a car was hit, and found dented, in a ditch. But maybe the car enjoyed being hit. Maybe the other car didn’t mean to hit it, just bump it up a little bit. Cars get in accidents all the time, people aren’t always paying attention, can we really say who’s at fault?” And with every case that goes cold, With every charge dropped - “She was found breathing, unresponsive, with her underwear six inches away from her bare stomach, curled in a fetal position.” With every criminal proceeding ending in “not guilty”, With every reduced sentence With every story untold because of fear of repercussions, With every republican trying to strip away our bodily autonomy, With every stupid article denying rape culture...
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- Spring '08
- Brock Turner, War rape