rape culture speak-outPosted: November 28, 2012
“silence has the rusty taste of shame” – Angie Epifano, The Amherst Student
rape culture speak-out
tuesday, december 4 | 7-9pm | holden chapel
What is rape culture?
Rape culture describes a culture in which sexual violence is normalized so that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Rape culture is trivializing rape with phrases like, “I got raped by my exam.” It is victim blaming that teaches people “Don’t get raped” instead of “Don’t rape.” It is accusing rape survivors for not taking care of themselves and “asking for it.” It is a set of social norms that constrain meaningful interaction and vilify sexuality that affects all of us as survivors and allies.
What is a speak-out?
Speak-out is a gathering of people to create a safer space in which they can share their experience and listen to the voices of others. It serves to validate our experiences, recognize that we are not alone, and show solidarity to each other.
Who can speak?
Students of all genders are welcome to speak, but we ask that only students attend the speak-out. Rape culture affects all peoples, from women who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence to LGBTQ folks who have to legitimize non-heterosexual violence to male bystanders who are called “p***ies” for being allies to ridiculous advertisements. It can be a story of frustration and resistance, survival and solidarity, anger and hope–anything, really. You can prepare a written piece or ad lib it as you wish. If you are interested in speaking or would like to learn more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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