Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on the ground laughing, says, “One in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking.” With a Photoshop edit from the blogger behind Two Thirds Nerd, the PSA now reads, “Three in three reported rapes happens [sic] when someone decides to commit rape.”
As the blogger wrote regarding responses she’s received from her initial tweet, “[the original ad] reinforces and validates the belief that women are responsible for avoiding rape, and, therefore, responsible for anything that might happen, also. The onus is always placed on the woman to not get raped, rather than the man to not rape.” She’s right, of course. Still, I’m dismayed that when we talk about sexual violence, alcohol use and abuse becomes a verboten subject. I’m reminded of a response I wrote to a Dear Prudence column about young women and drinking: victims shouldn’t be held responsible for the crimes committed against them, but not addressing binge drinking culture (or underage drinking in America) is ignoring the conditions in which a lot of sexual violence occurs. I wish talking about drinking and binge drinking could more peacefully coexist with talking about sexual violence, because it feels very much like you’re on one “side” or the other. [Feministing via Two Thirds Nerd]
This short documentary from Vocativ takes a look at just how widespread and dangerous street harassment is. In the film, hidden cameras show us the nauseating frustration of simply walking down a city street as a woman. Jen Corey, a Miss America finalist, talks in the film about being assaulted on the Washington, D.C., metro, and several women share the smug looks they receive from men who get away with violating them. [Cosmopolitan]
Kenneth Moreno, the NYPD police officer who was accused of raping a woman in her apartment back in 2008 and then acquitted along with his partner in 2011, is now suing his accuser, along with the city, the Manhattan district attorney and others, for $175 million. The night of the alleged assault, Moreno and his partner were called to the 27-year-old accuser’s apartment after a cab driver called the police because the woman was highly intoxicated and having a difficult time climbing the stairs. The officers helped the woman into her apartment and then took her keys, returning multiple times throughout the night.
“I woke up to being penetrated from behind,” the woman said in a 2011 interview. “I woke up because the action of his penetration was so hard that my head was moving toward the window [at the head of her bed] like it was going to go through it.” Keep reading »
According to an article in the Daily Mail, a 17-year-old fan attending a raucous Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, MA, [UPDATE: Previously said UK, sorry!] was raped in full view of hundreds of fans by an 18-year-old named Sean Murphy. Multiple onlookers took video of the assault on their cellphones. According to the police report, Murphy was only apprehended and charged after a female witness told the police that she believed someone had been raped. The witness apparently pushed Murphy off of the victim and asked the victim if the sex had been consensual, to which the victim replied, “No.” Keep reading »
Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.
From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior in Gaza. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:
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