“26,000 unreported sexual assults [sic] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” – President Donald Trump
President Trump made this comment on the social media platform Twitter in May of 2013. This comment embodies the ignorance and social acceptance of sexual assults, the shaming of women and the discrimination against reporting allegations, which all culminates to what we call ‘Rape Culture’.
Normalizing is the word.
To normalize or deem something trivial because it is socially acceptable to think of an entire population as lesser beings.
To our dismay, the leader of the free country embodies these foul values and frankly – it is about time. There seemed to be some misunderstanding with the American people; as if discrimination had died out or that racism was a foreign concept only found in the backwards small towns of the south.
Welcome to normal.
So let’s begin; let’s break the mold and finally make normalization of rape culture unacceptable. Let us look upon the damage splayed out in front of us formed from decades of blindness and finally see.
No not just fight, let’s win. Let’s win and not just for yourself but for her and him and them.
Thank you to every man, woman, unidentified or trans-identified human being who has supported and will support the complete eradication of Rape Culture and discrimination.
Written By: Tanya Burgess
It seems as if every election divides the nation even more. When in reality it has been a norm for the last few decades for candidates to dedicate their campaign on trying to discredit the other instead of building a case about why they should be elected.
Most of the time that leaves voters with more questions than answers. Those who are over eighteen and eager to exercise their right to vote look forward to hearing where each candidate stands on the issues most important to them. One issue in particular for many young voters is the issue surrounding the candidates’ approach on the laws of sexual assaults.
Sexual assault has been a hot topic after candidate Trump’s “locker room” talk was leaked. Many fear the the perverted nature of his conversation is dangerous and will encourage the normalization of unwanted sexual advances. Donald Trump supporters urge the push for military court system for dealing with sexual assault cases to assure fair trial to bring justice to the system; meanwhile feels as if Hilary Clinton has no credibility to this issue because of the rape allegations brought against her husband and Former president.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton supporters feels as if Trump’s disrespect for women and their rights to their own bodies, and his lack of comprehension on the issue discredits what he has to say about the issue. Clinton supporters backs the continuation of Vice President Joe Biden’s “It’s on Us” campaign to educate the youth the important steps of preventing sexual assaults from happening by simply not being the predator. Presidential elections can divide the nation but hopefully as whole voters will uphold the value that no means no!