Saturday, December 6, 2014

An Unreliable Narrator #rapeculture #ibelievejackie

"'Grab its motherfucking leg,' she heard a voice say. And that's when Jackie knew she was going to be raped. She remembers every moment of the next three hours of agony, during which, she says, seven men took turns raping her, while two more...gave instruction and encouragement." 
Here are some non-fun facts about rape victims:

  • 8 out of 10 don't tell.
  • The cost of a rape to the victim is somewhere between $150,000 and $283,000, by the time they're done with medical treatment, loss of time at work or losing their job, and the various effects of the psychological trauma

Rape victims are frequently discouraged from coming forward - in the name of "what is good for them"- then threatened when they proceed anyway.

"'My counselors, members of the Dean of Students office, everyone said the trial process would be way too hard on me,' says Stacy.They were like, 'You need to focus on your healing.' Stacy insisted upon moving forward anyway, even when the wealthy family of the accused kicked up a fuss. - "A Rape On Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA," Rolling Stone @rollingstone

When they do come forward, rape victims face widespread disbelief. 

I believe them.

  • Lena Dunham
  • Dylan Farrow - the Woody Allen accuser
  • Andrea Constand, Tamara Green, Barbara Bowman, Beth Ferrier, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson, Therese Serignese, Angela Leslie, Carla Ferrigno, Kristina Ruehli, Renita Chaney Hill, Linda Traitz, Victoria Valentino - the Bill Cosby accusers
  • The rest of you, whose names we don't yet know and may never know.
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