Rape...Why is it so difficult to understand?
2016 has been a...challenging year, to say the least.
However, one common theme I have noticed throughout the year is the steady rise in sex crimes. From rape to sexual harassment men and women are suffering more and more at the hand of their persecutors.
Yes, the rise may be due to more people feeling empowered and wanting to see justice brought to their abusers. But ultimately, what really scares me is the response.
A couple of days ago, the result of the American election made Donald Trump the President of the United States and also one of the most powerful and influential leaders of the world.
Mr Trump has been accused of rape and thinks it's okay to "grab them by the pussy". Them being women whom he has no respect for and thinks of as just pieces of meat.
Yet people still voted for this guy?!
How??!! I understand that Hilary wasn't the best candidate but people voted for him??!
That was the most recent event.
Besides that, there have been so many cases this year of sexual abuse and rape where the accused has been acquitted.
One of the most famous ones was the Stanford rape case where an entitled rich kid, only suffered a short sentence because his dad didn't want "20 minutes of action" to ruin his life.
This case made me so angry. I couldn't understand why people find rape such a difficult concept to grasp.
Both men and women!
NO MEANS NO! HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO UNDERSTAND???
Rape is not a small issue. For men and women, it destroys confidence, respect and the lives of the victims and their families.
People, it's not a difficult concept to understand. Rape is wrong, and here is something else: IT IS NEVER THE VICTIM'S FAULT. It does not matter what they are wearing, whether the skirt is short or the top is low cut, it doesn't matter if you're fully covered wearing a face veil and an abaya, for a rapist...it does not make a difference. For a rapist, you are a piece of meat they can violate to fulfil their needs. Male or female, of any age or any colour, none of us is safe if we allow these people to continue.
We need to protect each from these people and not blame the victim for something that was not their fault, something they had no control over, something they did not choose.
I know I haven't done a post like this before and this might sound like a rant, but this an issue that is very close to my heart.
So if you know someone who has been through this just give them a hug, let them know you're with them and let them know they weren't to blame.
And for those of you who still don't understand the concept of consent, here is a brilliant video that the Thames Valley Police have made to really make it clear:
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