Letters to the Editor

Sex assault: Why the disconnect between rape and rapist?

Re: “From victim to strong symbol,” (TNT, 6/9).

Sex without clear consent (unclear consent includes being drunk, passed out, not saying no, changing of decision, etc) is rape. “Yes” means yes and anything else means no, so why is the definition of rape and a rapist so hard to grasp? People who murder are called murderers, and yet advocates for Stanford University student Brock Turner think rape doesn’t make him a rapist?

I beg to differ. No one asks a murder victim what they were wearing or suggested that they were “asking for it,” and yet sexual assault victims often find themselves confronted with questions instead of the investigation and prosecution of the rapist. No one with any semblance of decency should be able to look a rape victim in the eye and discredit all they’ve lost by questioning how much they “led him on” or how “suggestive” their clothes were.

This needs to stop, and the story needs to shift from telling girls how to not be prone to sexual assault to educating people on the clearcut boundaries that define rape. Enough is enough, and no longer should we teach our young girls that they must hide themselves in order to avoid being taken advantage of.

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