My Cousin is Brainwashed

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I was in the bathroom and the window was open when I heard something that made me want to run out and scream at him.  And i quote:

If one minor rapes another minor is it still illegal?

I had to physically restrain myself, though I did yell out the window that the answer is yes.  He is 16 years old and for as long as I can remember rape has been a joke to he , his friends and his brothers.  In fact, one of their friends is convinced that I overreact because I’ve snapped at them for joking around about rape.

Apparently, one or more people forcing their will on another person using their sex organs as weapons is funny.  Being attacked by some idiot who’s to stupid to find a positive way to deal with stress is some how hilarious.

What the Fuck?

Turns out this shit has a name.

Rape Culture.

any society in which certain norms work together in such a way that it creates a culture in which rape and other forms of sexual assaults/violations are easy to commit.  It works differently in different cultures based on the specific social norms involved.

Some people don’t think that it exists, those people aren’t paying attention,  When rape is a punchline.  When people laugh at you when your being molested in public, that’s what happened to me, There is something wrong.

When 1-6 boys are sexually abused before Their 18, somethings wrong.

When People on TV joke about pursuing dunk girls like they can consent.

When a book about a guy guilting a girl into doing what he wants is a best seller there is something wrong.

When you come home and tell you dad you’ve just been sexually assaulted and he blows it off.  There is something wrong.

Now.

What are we going to do about it?

Sources:

http://www.malesurvivor.org/

http://rapeculturerealities.tumblr.com/post/26298435135/what-is-rape-culture

http://www.rainn.org/

http://www.about-alcohol-info.com/Effects_of_Alcohol.html

Life Experience.

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One response »

  1. We’re going to write about it, talk about it, make people aware of the behaviors they engage in that perpetuate it, just exactly the way you’ve done here. We’re going to stand up to people who tell us we’re overreacting and tell them no, we’re fucking not. We’re going to remind people that at least 1 in 5 women (some statistics report 1 in 4; in the military it goes up to 1 in 3) in the US have been raped, and we’re going to ask them to imagine–really imagine what that feels like before they earn the right to speak on the subject with a shred of credibility. I have some more links for you if you’d like. Let me know. Thank you for adding your voice.

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