Sunday, March 17, 2013

call it what it is

It's rape.

Last May, I had a chance to talk to our friends at DriveThruHR about Title IX.  Sexual assault.  The kind of assault and harassment women face going to school.

Appalling numbers. Statistics from the CDC indicate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported being raped at some time in their lives. From the DOE, 1 in 5 women will experience attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.

There are all kinds of statistics, information, and help on FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the  National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

As I watched the verdict being read via Twitter because, well, NONE of the television stations broke to the live event, I followed the #Steubenville.

I watched the rolling stream of comments waiting on the verdict.  And then I saw these:

#steubenville ohio rape case to be read at 10 am today. I dont think they are guilty. shit happens when bitches drink

women are such whores #Steubenville

I was saddened.  We spend enormous amounts of time and effort teaching women how to avoid rape.  How to fight back.  What to do and who to call if you are raped. 

And yet, no one seems to want to teach men NOT to rape. Not to think stupor implies consent. That women somehow ask for it. 

When I see tweets like the two above, all I can think is that we have a very, very long way to go.  

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