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lovefeminism:


I love that this also acknowledges false accusations. It’s not that we don’t care - it’s that its not as prevalent as some people seem to think it is….


The false accusations are trumpeted as the “majority” of cases for a few reasons. First of all, celebrity-involved cases, (NOT the reality that obviously the majority of cases involve non-famous people), is used as the frame of reference. Also, women are paid off or threatened to recant in some celebrity cases, so even those who recant may still have been raped. Many fear the longevity and shame involved in a public trial. Second, by shaping rape as something women make up to “hurt” men, it makes other women question the validity of their own experiences and less likely to come forward. Third, we LIVE in a rape culture. It’s joked about, ignored, excused, portrayed in every form of media, made a mockery of by legislators and victims, not perpetrators are blamed. All of these facets work together to make it seem as if rape is the only crime where a victim, especially if a woman (as whether a woman or man is the victim, the overwhelming majority of rapists are men) is automatically lying.

lovefeminism:

I love that this also acknowledges false accusations. It’s not that we don’t care - it’s that its not as prevalent as some people seem to think it is….

The false accusations are trumpeted as the “majority” of cases for a few reasons. First of all, celebrity-involved cases, (NOT the reality that obviously the majority of cases involve non-famous people), is used as the frame of reference. Also, women are paid off or threatened to recant in some celebrity cases, so even those who recant may still have been raped. Many fear the longevity and shame involved in a public trial. Second, by shaping rape as something women make up to “hurt” men, it makes other women question the validity of their own experiences and less likely to come forward. Third, we LIVE in a rape culture. It’s joked about, ignored, excused, portrayed in every form of media, made a mockery of by legislators and victims, not perpetrators are blamed. All of these facets work together to make it seem as if rape is the only crime where a victim, especially if a woman (as whether a woman or man is the victim, the overwhelming majority of rapists are men) is automatically lying.

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