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11Jan/13

Rape is Rape

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I am dismayed to the point of wanting to make a post this week about rape. Rape–not the play time, rough sex that we would assume to be consensual, but honest-to-goodness non-consent sexual contact.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/justice/ohio-rape-online-video/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

What angers me are the COMMENTS by those who believe that because a female is drunk, she gives her consent to be touched. IF she passes out, then she should expect to be assaulted. I have to ask, if men were raped and sodomized, would we be blaming them for how many beers they had or how tight their pants were?

Others offer “tips” on how to avoid being raped. You know..cover up, don’t look ‘sexy’, no high heels or any clothing that may incite.

http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/01/09/short-skirts-bad-stars-and-chow-mein-why-indias-women-get-raped/  

And then there is this…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/calif-court-tosses-rape-conviction-says-old-law-doesnt-protect-unmarried-victims/2013/01/03/777309c8-560e-11e2-89de-76c1c54b1418_story.html  

It is time for women to protect each other as well as ourselves. We can start by  taking notice of others around us in party situations etc. It is time to stop looking at another, labeling her as a “drunk whore” or “slut” when seeing her being groped and prodded. Is she resisting? Is she able to resist? Does she need someone to step in and take her to the bathroom to see if she is able to make an informed decision regarding her well being and body? Too often, we are afraid to get involved even as our gut says something isn’t right–or in the case of  the Ohio alleged rape, stand by and Instagram it.

It is time to hold each other accountable and respect the sex that gave birth to us.

http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/Sexual-violence-against-women-is-the-result-of-the-cult-of-masculinity

Rape is rape .

It is never excusable.