Tag Archives: Sexual Assault

Victim Doubting: Another Product of Rape Culture

TweetTrigger Warning: This post contains a discussion of sexual violence. We have all heard of the terms “victim blaming” and “rape culture.” Both are pretty self-explanatory. Victim blaming consists of attributing responsibility for an attack to the victim or questioning the victim’s actions that preceded the attack. Rape culture reminds us that the concept of [...]
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A Community for Survivors: Why Survivors of Sexual Violence are a Folk Group and Why It Matters

Tweet[cross-posted from Groupthink] Let’s start at the very beginning. You may well be asking: What is a folk group? What do we really mean when we say “folk”? In 1846, British writer William Thoms proposed the term “folk” as the English-language counterpart to the German “volk.” Thoms coined the term “folklore” to describe the arts, [...]
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After dark

TweetI can still feel it in my chest after a night out. Between my sternum, where the ribs press against each other whenever I breathe out after a huge inhale. My lungs feel raw, my spit tastes bloody; that metallic taste of windsprints at soccer practice after your team just couldn’t defend. Thirty minutes later, [...]
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Debunking the myths of rape culture

TweetUnderstanding Rape Culture is a daunting task, for it is a concept that can easily be misunderstood.  The term Rape Culture refers to a culture that disempowers women by invalidating their desires and decisions, and brainwashes men to think that behavior that disregards women’s desires and decisions is acceptable.  This phrase has made its way [...]
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It’s a trick question!

TweetI live in a neighborhood that, when I name it to a new acquaintance, regularly prompts them to reply with some variation of, “Is that neighborhood safe?” or “Eeeep.  Do you feel safe living there?” I have absolutely no idea how to answer this.  I usually go all self-deprecating and say something like, “I guess?  [...]
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