“We have to shift the focus on anti-rape narratives away from what victims can do to prevent it and toward teaching people not to be predators in the first place.”
(P. 66 - Of #fasttailedgirls and freedom)
***may be triggering for victims of sexual assault - I am discussing rape culture at length***
This essay and this section stood out to me while reading the first half of Hood Feminism.
The media, in recent years, has shone a huge blaring spotlight on rape culture - and while I do believe this topic is tremendously important to educate ourselves on and begin real change in altering, it is not always handled well by either the media, our varying cultures, or law enforcement.
I remember having a three hour conversation with my husband on the way to LA once about rape culture and the percentage - or rather lack of percentage - of women that actually file a report after being sexually assaulted. To endure such trauma and then, basically endure it again during the rape kit process, then again during the interrogation, is unbearable.
And then when we specifically look at the data for women of color it becomes even more harrowing. Not only are women of color more likely to be victims of sexual assault they’re even less likely to report it - and how can you blame them?!
This topic is something I feel very passionately about and would love to discuss real steps we can take in healing this gaping wound that seems to only get worse as the years go on and media grows.
The quote I stated at the start of this post I think is very appropriate as a jumping off point for next steps - what do you think? How do we begin to educate and shape the youth to not become predators in the first place?