Understanding #MeToo

Understanding #MeToo

By Tanya Burgess

The #MeToo social media movement created by Tarana Burke has been vindicated by victims and advocates throughout American who were victims of inappropriate and illegal mistreatment of the mind, body and soul. Since the presidential election, there has been an increased advocacy and awareness of assault, particularly by men against women in the workplace. The entertainment industry has long been seen as a cesspool of indecency where people have way too much money and power and little knowledge of how to wield them responsibly.

The allegations which have recently come to light against sports giants, actors, producers and business men in the entertainment industry is what started the movement. Those with the strength, support and opportunity to come forward with their story found a hard brick wall in their way, as they were faced with shamming and disbelief. This stigma that being victimized is a shameful experience for the survivor and that speaking on those experiences is taboo are the building blocks for rape culture in America.

So, what makes this movement necessary and is it working?

The first question many women are asked when they finally are able to speak out about their experience with sexual assault is, how did it happen? Answers to these questions are often assumed before the individual speaks. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you trusted someone you shouldn’t have, you made a mistake, you weren’t being careful, or you were doing something you shouldn’t have been doing.

This bias is inherent, most people believe that your personal safety is your responsibility because frankly there are bad people out in the world and you should simply know that. Unfortunately, that biased thinking it’s wrong; if you learn nothing from the life you’ve lived so far, it’s that there are bad people out in the world and you need to keep yourself safe. That being said, as we all understand this notion of safety, why then is it shameful when someone is attacked?

If we all understand that it is completely possible to be harmed even when you are being safe, why then is it never the person who decided to be a ‘bad guy in the world’s fault? The answer is simple, as far as women believe they have ‘come up’ in the world, we are still second-class citizens seen as the lesser or weaker sex. We are simply not as important as men.

Women have indeed come along way and we are on the road to greatness but men are still in the front of the line.

Rape Is An Abomination That No Civilised Society Can Tolerate by blogger Izzy

Rape Is An Abomination That No Civilised Society Can Tolerate by blogger Izzy

Even though rape involves forced sex, rape is not about sex or passion. Rape Is Rape and sadly is an everyday occurrence. A single act of rape is barbaric, but it would be naive to assume that rape just involves squalid acts of sexual assault in dimly lit alleyways late at night.

To many, rape is exclusively a man’s abuse of power against a woman. Rape is forced unwanted sexual intercourse. Fact: Rape is a big deal.

Rape is a very personal and intimate traumatic experience. Reporting rape is not only difficult, but also embarrassing, shameful, hurtful, frustrating, and too often unfulfilling. The true victim of rape is the girl who said no all along.
Ask any victims of or rape about the mental scars they carry and sadly all too often you will find that these scars are there for life. For the rape victim, escape from the horrors of what befell them is very rarely an option.

Attempted rape is still a serious crime and should be reported. The phrase sexual onslaught is misleading because rape is not really about sex it is about power and control.

About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under 30 years old.
Many assault casualties encounter what is alluded to as Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (additionally called Rape Trauma Syndrome). This is why we need to discuss the issue of rape in our society as no woman should go through this.


Virtual Gaming Risks By Blogger Rose

Virtual Gaming Risks By Blogger Rose

Pokemon Go has brought a game to the real world, but some are now so distracted they are somehow experiencing a kind of inception reality.  I found several articles all around the thought that although the fantasy element of seeing a monster in reality may be fun in concept, some individuals cannot handle the magnetic force of their smartphone to the degree they forget that real life can be dangerous when you are not in the present.

Some of the most bizarre injuries reported were that individuals have walked off a cliff and another crashed into a tree as they were playing the game.  However, these odd events are not what I want to focus on.  The real issue here is that whenever there is a distraction, there is the chance for individuals to take advantage of the situation and assault others.  I can see the potential for the number of assaults to increase of various kinds.  Factoring in that some may not bring someone else to a location, this would also increase the risk.

I realize that singling out Pokemon Go would not sound unbiased and these warnings could essentially apply to several other applications.  I think that Pokemon Go is really just the start of virtual reality games that utilize the real world, so if anything, think about the consequences now before others get killed or assaulted.

Want to read more about Pokemon Go injuries, rescues, and various warnings? Here are some links:

  1. http://www.visualdx.com/visualdx-blog/pokemon-go-health-app-or-safety-risk
  2. http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/15/pokemon-go-safety-online/
  3. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36854074
  4. https://blog.avast.com/pok%C3%A9mon-go-real-world-safety-guide