By Emma Ziulkowksi
Putting a Stop to Rape Culture.
Rape culture is “a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse”. This seems like bit of a mouthful, huh? Let’s break it down:
I’m positive every single female has heard one of these above statements before or something similar as a way to avoid sexual misconduct from others. Am I right? Rape culture is a term created by feminists in the 1970’s recognizing the normalization of sexual violence by making it the victim’s fault for acting or doing something a certain way. How could this be? The only solution to avoid rape today is to cover every inch of skin, not drink, don’t talk a certain way, don’t carry yourself a certain way, don’t make eye contact, etc. This is unrealistic and this is the problem in today’s rape culture.
The real solution is for us as a society to educate one another on rape culture. I’m not saying to be naïve or unprotected. There are many ways one can receive information or get involved. There are local centers that offer free sexual education. For victims, there’s also services provided to help maintain a healthy lifestyle and choices.