Consent

Here is a list of some things. Many of these have been mentioned in conversations in most forms of media about sexual activity and rape over the last couple of weeks:

  • Drunk
  • Out late at night
  • Wearing skimpy clothes
  • Age of participants
  • Up for it
  • Knew what you were getting into
  • Not brave enough to complain
  • Not a virgin
  • A virgin
  • Slutty
  • Liked the attention
  • Friendly
  • Naked
  • Got into bed with boys

Here is what is relevant when discussing rape (or unlawful sexual connection):

  • Consent.

It bothers me greatly that consent is barely (never?) mentioned in any conversation in the media. This is rape culture.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Agreed, although when the girl is 13 even consent isn’t enough in the eyes of the law (or at least it shouldn’t be).

    One thing I’m not sure about – it seems fine to me for the police to ask what the girls were wearing as part of a series of questions, in fact I would expect it to be standard procedure:
    “What were you wearing?”
    “Do you still have the clothes?”
    “Have they been washed or worn by anyone else since?”
    Is this not what happened?

    1. You make a point, but it seems obvious to me that the line of questioning was not the way it went down.

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