The Fight Against Rape Culture and Sexual Violence
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
University of Washington – Savery Hall Room 264
Join us for a discussion of rape culture, its sociopolitical context, the role of race and class in the violent oppression of women, and what we can do on our campuses and in our communities to fight back.
Horrific events have shone a long overdue light on the ongoing and global epidemic of sexual assault. While attacks in Steubenville and Delhi may be exceptional in the brutality and violence involved, they are not unique and cannot be disconnected from our sexist and victim-blaming culture. In the US, figures like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and others have dismissed the physical and emotional effects of sexual assault, and coined the Kafka-esque term “legitimate rape.”
On campuses across the country, students have found university administrations unwilling to put the needs of a rape victim above the school’s desire to sweep accusations under the rug. ”What were you wearing?” and “Are you sure it was rape?” remain acceptable questions to women already making the difficult decision to report an assault. This idea that women’s bodies are not their own pervades every aspects of our lives.