Here are two articles I read recently that aim to transform the conversation about sexual assault from “what could the victim have done differently” to “what could we have done to prevent the perpetrator from raping?”
The Times I Wasn’t Raped
by: Zoe Zolbrod
“We’d all be better off if we’d quit implying that not raping under certain conditions is what’s unexpected.
Instead of only looking at the actions and attitudes of girls and women as the basis for reducing sexual assault against them (which also contributes to the relative silence around the sexual assault of boys and men), let’s ask what the *f* is wrong with that six percent that commit the crime.
Let’s insist more strongly as a society that they change.”
11 Ways to Solve Rape Better than Nail Polish
by: Elizabeth Plank
“However well-intentioned, there seems to be an awful lot of resources, time and energy dedicated to telling women how not to get raped, and comparatively little going to preventing men from raping in the first place.”