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Rape Culture is defined as "a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse."
As Southern Connecticut State lists in the student sexual misconduct resources, "rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety."
You don't need to look far to see it. It's in our entertainment, our politics (check out the quotes in the graphic with this article) and, infuriatingly, a way of thinking in our society.
Check out Southern Connecticut State's full listing on Rape Culture. They give examples of what it looks like and steps to combat it.
If it wasn't already clear, Everyday Feminism laid out 25 real life examples of rape culture.
So what can we do? Fight it.
First, educate others on what Rape Culture is and what it looks like. Point out these lines of thinking or these instances that reinforce it. Then encourage others to understand and speak up.
Share this blog with then men in your life in an effort to help them understand how they can and should make a difference.
Continue to learn. The University of Minnesota's Aurora Center has a lot of great resources to stay informed and learn more.
Locally, we support Break the Silence and their efforts to help support victims of sexual abuse and violence. We stand with survivors. Check out their website for more information and support.