July 27, 2012 by Vicki
When did rape become socially acceptable? We have Anita Sarkeesian being threatened with rape for daring to post a criticism of video games? We have judges punishing the victims of rape with a silence injunction. We have frequent references to rape in popular tv series such as Game of Thrones. So, I have to ask again, when did rape become socially acceptable? Women have fought for years to have rape recognized and punished as a crime. We have also fought for society to recognize that rape is never the victim’s fault. Consequently, the trends scare and worry me. What worries me more is the lack of general reaction. Yes, we run to the support of the victim after it happened. But, we allow the videos of the assault to spread across the internet. People watch these videos.
We also need to recognize that it is not just women who are affected by rape. The Sandusky trials put this fact quite nicely into the spotlight. The Sandusky trials also, however, show the leaders of a football organization choosing to do nothing against rape. Why? Money, obviously, plays a part. Sandusky brought a lot of money back into Penn State. Embarassment that their prestigious college could be involved in such a disgrace? Certainly. But if it had been a socially sanctioned crime, such as murder, would they have allowed it to continue for 15 years?