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?
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