On tonight’s show, Jocelyn read a powerful post written by Jaclyn Friedman of the blog, and editor of the book, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape . Jaclyn explains how the case involving rape allegations against Ben Roethlisberger, the Super-Bowl-winning QB of the Pittsburgh Steelers shows us what rape culture looks like.
When she reported the attack to Harrah’s security chief Guy Hyder, he declined to investiage and allegedly told her that she was “overreacting” and that “most girls would feel lucky to get to have sex with someone like Ben Roethlisberger.” He also told her to either keep it from their boss at Harrah’s, or to tell their boss they’d had sex voluntarily, in order to keep everybody happy. That’s rape culture. When people in power refuse to take women’s rape charges seriously, it means there are no consequences for rapists, which makes them more free to rape.
While you’re there, check out Jaclyn’s post on why the woman in this case is bringing forth civil charges. She has Jesse Mindlin and Lydia Watts of the Victim Rights Law Center explain ten good reasons why a civil case is the better option.
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