TUMBLR, I NEED YOUR HELP!
1 in 6 American women and 1 in 33 American men will face attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. We live in a culture that accepts this.
Rape culture is the normalization of rape, in which people are taught don’t get raped instead of don’t rape, in which we are taught that “no” really means “yes,” in which rape is something to laugh and joke around with friends about, in which victims are demonized and rapists glorified. A victim is put on trial rather than the rapist, and the rapist is supported by the community, by strangers, and even by prominent politicians, who talk of “legitimate rape” and “making mistakes” and how “boys will be boys” without ever mentioning the victim.
In a survey conducted of students from 53 high schools across New York State, only 5 mentioned learning about rape and consent in sexual education classes. Those who had little to no sexual education overall cited clothing, drinking, promiscuity, and flirting as the main causes of rape, rather than rapists themselves. Similarly, these respondents also stated that consent could properly be given by those who were underage, intoxicated, or had been coerced; they also tended to believe the harmful stereotype of rape occurring primarily by strangers late at night – an idea that leads to the invalidation of thousands of people’s experiences and the belief that if a rape did not happen in those circumstances, it didn’t happen it all. Only 78% stated that consent was something that was freely given by an individual of age who was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had not been coerced.
This is what we are trying to change. Consent is mandatory, at all times, in all situations. Yet few people realize this or understand what it means: something that is freely and enthusiastically given by an individual who is of age and who has not been coerced or under the influence of drugs.
We want to combat this.
By signing this petition, you can help raise awareness for the importance and necessity of teaching about consent in schools and help to combat rape culture amongst teens. Please, sign it, spread it, share it, and most importantly, teach everyone you know about what consent is and why everyone needs to be aware of it.