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Rape Culture Defined

Definitions according to Webster’s

rape – an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

culture – the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations

How in the hell do we live in a society where these two words go together like peanut butter and jelly?

Rape Culture is the systematic deconstruction of humanity on a level that puts us beneath the thought pattern of even the most basic life form on this planet. Rapists have a sense of entitlement to destroy lives because they thrive on the need for power and they hate who they are.

Don’t ask me what I was wearing, or drinking, or why I was walking to my car in the dark, or why I even left my house alone. NONE of that is relevant. Ask the law makers why so many victims never report the crime. Ask the victims why they feel at fault. Ask me how my life has been affected by the rape that deprived me of my virginity at age 17.

I’ll answer that last one. It put a fear in the back of my mind that has still not left me 38 years later. It has also empowered me to help others.

Rape Culture MUST be dismantled. Fathers and Mothers teach your sons…

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