We live in a rape culture?

How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How do you expose an undermining, but insidious, practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?

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Adapted from Wikipedia

January 1978 is the first reference of the term ‘rape culture’ in national-level American politics.  Rape culture describes a particular society where rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.  Behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include:  denial of widespread rape; refusal to recognize the pervasive harm caused by sexual violence; sexual objectification; trivialization of rape; and victim blaming. Research suggests that rape culture is prevalent in cultures where discrimination, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, classism, and religious intolerance – to name only a few – are practiced.

The United States of America is alleged to be a rape culture.  What do you think of that?

Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBBCH, HTP, a licensed psychotherapist in Boulder Colorado at attentiontoliving.com has challenged herself in 2016 to post weekly about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com

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