How Recent Headlines Regarding Rape Pushed Me to Continue to Speak Up

As I’ve taken some time away from my blog for a little while, a ton of terrible events have unfortunately transpired over the last couple weeks:

The Violence Against Women Act has expired for the first time since 1994.

More protests have taken place in India, as well as across the globe from the brutal rape and death of a woman in New Dehli.

An ancient California law was dug up to overturn the conviction of a man who raped a woman because she wasn’t married.

Two LA police officers threatened women with jail time if they didn’t agree to sexual favors.

The Steubenville rape case gained more attention with the anonymous leak of a video of multiple boys joking and bragging about the rape they took part in. Warning: the video is unbearable. After less than a minute I had to turn it off.

Ughhhh

The fact that all of these stories were headlines and/or events that happened just in the last week or two is sickening. Honestly, I could’ve written 5 posts a day responding, criticizing and reviewing these events and the articles that came out about them. But, I was overwhelmed to say the least. I didn’t even visit my regular feminist blogs on a daily basis. It was all too much.

Then, I received an email with a link to a tumblr that posted a photo of one of my stickers in Chicago…with over 400 notes. (!!!)

And then I saw that one of my favorite feminists, Jessica Valenti wrote an article over at the Nation about America’s rape problem. And I became inspired to speak out once again. I was stuck in the post-vacation blues and needed a jolt out of it.

Valenti goes through some of the terrible events surrounding rape that have happened in the last 6 months or so, and shifts the focus back to the culture of America.

In addition to American culture, everyone should take a look at their environment and ask why we believe the myths that run rampant when it comes to rape. Is it because we actually believe them? Or is it because we’re so programmed to act, believe, and expect the things we’re told? Living in a misogynistic and victim blaming world takes a toll on the brave survivors of sexual assault. They’re constantly being second guessed and misunderstood about their actions, emotions and lives in general. It’s time to stand up for THEM. Let all of the awful headlines regarding rape be that jolt to speak up for survivors and against rape culture.

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