Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Summer and Fall 2017 Courses that count toward the WGST Minor

Maymester 2017
Social Psychology (SS Core) - 30026 - PSYC 343 - 01
Online                                                 May 15, 2017 - Jun 03, 2017                          Sarah L Hastings  

Summer I 2017
Alice Walker in Context - 31048 - ENGL 470 - 01
2:00 pm - 4:15 pm            MTWR                                                                                  Michele D Ren  

Summer II 2017
Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 32058 - PSYC 230 - 01
Online                                                    Jun 26, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017                           Jenessa C Steele  

Fall 2017
Scholar-Citizen: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies - 11391 - WGST 200 - 01
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm            MW       Young Hall 402B                                                Michele D Ren  
9:30 am - 10:45 am           TR                                                                                        Dana S Cochran  
11:00 am - 12:15 pm        TR           Porterfield Hall 107                                          Dana S Cochran  

Women in the World: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies - 11394 - WGST 200 - 04
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm          TR           Young Hall 221                                                   Sarah L Hastings  

Honors: Women in the World-Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies - 11396 - WGST 200 - 05
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm            W            Young Hall 311                                                   Moira P Baker  

Senior Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies - 11395 - WGST 400 - 01
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm        M                                            Directed Study                  Moira P Baker  

Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System - 12219 - CRJU 365 - 01
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm            MWF     CHBS Building 3004                                          Kristi L Gross Wilson  
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm          TR           CHBS Building 5011                                          Bakhitah Brenda Abdul-Ra'uf  
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm            TR           CHBS Building 5011                                          Bakhitah Brenda Abdul-Ra'uf  

The Female Literary Tradition - 11824 - ENGL 453 - 01
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm            MWF     Peery Hall B01                                                   Erin L Webster Garrett  

History of Women - 11257 - HIST 306 - 01
11:00 am - 12:15 pm        TR           CHBS Building 3024                                          Mary C Ferrari  

Scholar-Citizen: Diversity of Health in the United States - 12423 - HLTH 325 - 01
11:00 am - 12:15 pm        TR           Peters Hall                                                          Pamela Y. Frasier  

Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence - 12520 - HUMD 300 - 01
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm            M            Cook Hall 318                                    
8:00 am - 9:15 am             TR           Peters Hall C137                                                Wendy L Eckenrod-Green  
9:30 am - 10:45 am           TR           Peters Hall C137                                                Wendy L Eckenrod-Green  
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm            W            Peters Hall C136                                                Wendy L Eckenrod-Green  
9:00 am - 11:50 am           M                                                           

Honors: Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence - 12525 - HUMD 300 - 06
10:00 am - 12:45 pm        W            Peters Hall C136                                                Boyoung Park  

Nursing of Childbearing Family - 11301 - NURS 366 - 01
Roanoke Higher Ed Center, Roan Campus 
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  
8:00 am - 10:50 am           T                                              /Lab       Sharla C Cooper  , Kathleen S. Brennan  

Nutrition in the Life Cycle I: Maternal and Child - 12440 - NUTR 316 - 01
8:00 am - 9:15 am             TR           Cook Hall 112                                                     Jyotsna Sharman  

Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 11418 - PSYC 230 - 01
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm            MWF     Russell Hall 007                                                  Amanda Marie Lessard  
8:00 am - 9:15 am             TR           Russell Hall 007                                 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm            T              Russell Hall 007                                                  Amanda Marie Lessard  

Psychology of Diversity - 11426 - PSYC 250 - 01
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm            TR           CHBS Building 3009                                          Pei-Chun Tsai  

Social Psychology (SS Core) - 11453 - PSYC 343 - 01
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm          TR           Russell Hall 007                                                  Benjamin Biermeier-Hanson  
8:00 am - 8:50 am             MWF     Young Hall 302                                                   Jonathan David Renz  
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm            MW       Center for the Sciences M73                             Tara Dawn Mullins

Psychology of Women - 11415 - PSYC 391 - 01
8:00 am - 9:15 am             TR           CHBS Building 3024                                          Sarah L Hastings  

Psychology of Human Sexuality - 11416 - PSYC 393 - 01
8:00 am - 9:15 am             TR           Russell Hall 033                                                  Tracy J Cohn  


Religion and Women - 12328 - RELN 305 - 01
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm          TR           CHBS Building 5041                                          Kay K Jordan  

Social Inequality - 13074 - SOCY 250 - 01
11:00 am - 12:15 pm        TR           Porterfield Hall 172                                         

Global Inequalities - 13175 - SOCY 441 - 01
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm            MWF                                                                                     Edwin R Page  

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I - 13090 - SOWK 300 - 01
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm            W            Waldron College Hall 232                                             
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm            W            Cook Hall 107                                    
6:00 pm - 8:50 pm            M            Waldron College Hall 232                                             
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm            M            Waldron College Hall 232                                             

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II - 13094 - SOWK 301 - 02
Roanoke Higher Ed Center, Roan Campus 
6:00 pm - 8:50 pm            



Monday, February 27, 2017

Women's History Month 2017 Calendar of Events



February 26, 2:00-3:30, February 27 and 28, 7:00-8:30. Bonnie Auditorium, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Directed by Dr. David Beach


March 1-31, Cyberspace, Her-Story 2017. Erin Webster-Garrett


March 1, 12:00-1:00, Heth 157 (CDI), Dine on Diversity Panel: The Women’s March


March 1, 2:00-3:30, Heth 14, Writing Virginia Women Back Into History. Mary Ferrari, Angela Scott, and Virginia Secretary of Administration, Nancy Rodrigues


March 1, 3:30-4:30, Heth 43, Women’s History Month Opening Reception


March 1, 5:00-6:30, Peters, Young 302, What Does Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation as Education Secretary Mean? Kristan Morrison


March 1, 7:30-9:00, Peters B112, Paradigm Shift: An Evening of Women’s Work 10th Anniversary Performance. Radford University Department of Dance


March 2, 2:00-3:30, Heth 22, Reasons to Leverage Your ACE Virginia Women’s Network. Laura Turk, Theresa Burriss, Erin Webster-Garrett, Melissa Grim, Pat Shoemaker, Stephanie Ballein


March 2, 6:00-7:30, Heth 43, How to Get Out of Your Own Way: Creating Success on Your Own Terms. RU Career Center


March 13, 10:00-10:50am, Heth 16, Women’s Empowerment: Through the Eyes of China. Morgan Burchett and Alicia Harris


March 14, 11:00-11:50am, Covington Performance Hall, unCONVENTional: 17th Century Italian Music written by Women. Meredith Bowen and the Women of Radford Singers


March 15, 1:00-1:50, The Bonnie 249/250, Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue: Women 50+. Sarah Hastings.


March 15, 3:00-3:50, McConnell Library ILC A, Sexism and Search Engines: Exploring Dr. Safiya Noble’s Work on Algorithms of Oppression.” Alyssa Archer and Liz Bellamy


March 15, 7:00-9:30, 13th (documentary film) Screening and Discussion, The Bonnie Auditorium. Sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice, New River Valley Chapter.


March 16, 5:30-7:00, Heth 14, Reflecting on a Princess and a General: Carrie Fisher and the History of Women and the Moving Image. Michael J. Meindl, James Collier, Twange Kasoma, Molly Hood, Sean Kotz, Jodie McKaughan


March 16, 7:00-8:30, Bonnie Auditorium, No I Am Not A Terrorist. Zohra Sarwari. Sponsored by R-Space.


March 17, 12:00-12:50, Kyle 137. Autumn’s Story: Surviving and Thriving Following Intimate Partner Violence. Corey Cassidy


March 18, 9:00-4:30, Lower Level Heth, Diversity Conference: Social Justice and Leadership In Action. Center for

Diversity and Inclusion. Register at https://tinyurl.com/diversity25


March 20, 6:30-7:30, Young 221, The Chronicles of Contraception. Jordan McCann


March 21, 3:30-4:30, Heth 22, You Can Have it All! Balancing a Teaching Career and Family. Sharon Jones, Nadine Hartig, Lauren Ermann


March 21, 6:00-7:00, Heth 14, The F-Word: Feminism with DAP


March 22, 1:00-1:50, The Bonnie 249/250, Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue: 30s/40s. Sarah Hastings.


March 22, 6:30-8:30, Center for the Sciences M73, Exploring Issues Impacting the Success of Women in Science. Sara O’Brien


March 23, 1:00-5:00, McConnell Library. Women’s History Month Symposium. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barbara Perry, Carter Glass Professor of Government, University of Virginia Miller Center.



March 23, 5:00-6:30, Heth 22, Women in the CIA. RU Career Center


March 23, 7:00-9:00, Bonnie Dining Area Stage, Spoken Word Poetry Event: Ashlee Haze. Sponsored by R-Space.


March 24, 10:00-3:30, McConnell Library. Women’s History Month Symposium, day 2.



March 27, 3:00-5:00, Heth 22, Safe Zone Training. Sharon Jones, Caitlyn Parker and Michele Ren


March 28, 3:30-4:45, Heth 14, No Holds Bard: Shakespeare’s Dynamite Women. David Beach, Robyn Berg, Molly Hood and Amanda Kellogg

March 28, 5:00-7:00, Kyle Hall 320, She Started It: A Documentary on Women Tech Founders. Sponsored by The COBE Center for Innovation and Analytics.

March 29, 1:00-1:50, The Bonnie 249/250, Circle of Life Intergenerational Dialogue: teens and twenties. Sarah Hastings.


March 29, 4:00-5:15,McGuffey 203, Fangirls Unite: Depictions of Women in 'Geek Culture' and Issues Facing Women in the Fanbase. Scott McDarmont, Dixie Seitz, Laurie Cubbison, Matt Smith, Jazz Jackson, Jodie McKaughan


March 29, 6:00-9:00, Women’s History Month Film and Discussion. A League of Their Own Special 25th anniversary showing. Sponsored by R-Space.


March 30, 7:00-8:30, Bonnie Dining Area Stage, Tinder Live! With Comedian Lane Moore. Sponsored by R-Space.


March 31, 3:00-4:00, CHBS 3rd floor Atrium, Women’s History Month Closing Reception with Dr. Marisela Rosas Hemphill




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

VDay RU 2017: The Vagina Monologues



The Radford University Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Women's & Gender Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Club present The 8th Annual Vagina Monologues.


Back after a 1 year hiatus, Eve Ensler’s powerful play calling for an end to violence against women and girls will be directed by Dr. David Beach (English). The Women’s Studies Club has raised thousands of dollars for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley in conjunction with these performances and the VDay movement.



This year's cast members are Madailein Adams, Robyn Berg, Caitlyn Busser, KiSha Donaldson, Sadie Friend, Robin McGrath, and Ciera Rawlings.


Performances are scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2:00-3:30 and on Monday & Tuesday, February 27 & 28, 7:00-8:30. All are in the Hurlburt Student Center ("The Bonnie") Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, though we do encourage donations to our beneficiary, The Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley. You may order your tickets at VDayRU2017.eventbrite.com 


RU audiences LOVE The Vagina Monologues! 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Women's & Gender Studies Statement of Support to RU Students Who are Hurting



There are several communities on our campus and in our communities who are feeling less than welcome right now, and it’s important for those of us who are not being targeted to stand up for those who are.


If any of you is feeling bullied or triggered because of race, gender, religion, or sexuality, please do not hesitate to contact one of the signatories in the comments below. We will do our best to both help and support you.  

For those who are not sure what it means to be an ally to marginalized groups and/or individuals, but would also like to be there for others, here is a brief explanation:


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Women's and Gender Studies Courses Spring 2017

Culture and Sexualities: Introduction to LBGTQ Studies - 20466 - ENGL 414 - 01
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm TR Floyd Hall B01 Lecture Moira P Baker (P)

Diversity in Communication - 20571 - COMS 457 - 01
TBA Online Lecture Lisa E Baker (P)

Seminar: Current Issues in Appalachian Studies - 21342 - APST 460 - 01
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm W TBA Seminar Theresa L. Burriss (P)

Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System - 20745 - CRJU 365 - 01
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm TR CHBS Building 3008 Lecture Bakhitah Brenda Abdul-Ra'uf (P)
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm TR CHBS Building 3008 Lecture Bakhitah Brenda Abdul-Ra'uf (P)

Human Sexuality - 20974 - HLTH 453 - 01
11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR Peters Hall Lecture Pamela Y. Frasier (P)
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm TR Peters Hall C142 Lecture Pamela Y. Frasier (P)


Scholar-Citizen: Human Grwth & Dev Brth-Adol - 22074 - HUMD 300 - 01
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm W TBA Lecture Wendy L Eckenrod-Green (P)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm M TBA Lecture Wendy L Eckenrod-Green (P)

Human Growth and Development: Birth through Adolescence - 22076 - HUMD 300 - 03
9:30 am - 10:45 am TR TBA Lecture Tracey Seymour Nielsen (P)
11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Matthew Wayne Grimes (P)

Nursing of Childbearing Family - 21080 - NURS 366 - 01
8:00 am - 10:50 am T Cook Hall 107 Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA
8:00 am - 10:50 am T TBA Lecture/Lab TBA

Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 20085 - PSYC 230 - 01
11:00 am - 11:50 am MWF TBA Lecture Amanda Marie Lessard (P)
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MWF TBA Lecture Amanda Marie Lessard (P)
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Jeremiah Wade Burkhart (P)
8:00 am - 9:15 am TR TBA Lecture Jordan Rae Joyner (P)

Psychology of Diversity - 20075 - PSYC 250 - 01
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm MW TBA Lecture Pei-Chun Tsai (P)

Social Psychology (SS Core) - 20093 - PSYC 343 - 01
11:00 am - 11:50 am MWF TBA Lecture Amy J Kelly (P)
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm MWF TBA Lecture Amy J Kelly (P)
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm MWF TBA Lecture Amy J Kelly (P)
9:00 am - 9:50 am MWF TBA Lecture Jonathan David Renz (P)

Psychology of Human Sexuality - 20125 - PSYC 393 - 01
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Elizabeth Marie Cottrell (P)

Social Inequality - 20279 - SOCY 250 - 01
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Amy Michele Sorensen (P)
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm TR TBA Lecture Amy Michele Sorensen (P)

Men and Women in Society - 20275 - SOCY 326 - 01
9:30 am - 10:45 am TR TBA Lecture Amy Michele Sorensen (P)

Race and Ethnic Relations - 20471 - SOCY 331 - 01
9:00 am - 9:50 am MWF Young Hall 305 Lecture Steven M McGlamery (P)

Race and Ethnic Relations - 20570 - SOCY 331 - 02
Roanoke Higher Ed Center, Roan Campus
6:00 pm - 8:45 pm T CHBS Building 3024 Lecture Kathryn K Everard-Van Patten (P)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I - 21902 - SOWK 300 - 01
9:00 am - 11:50 am F Waldron College Hall 227 Lecture Christie D Norris-Bowling (P)
9:00 am - 11:50 am M TBA Lecture Etty Vandsburger (P)
9:00 am - 11:50 am M TBA Lecture Diane M Hodge (P)

Scholar-Citizen: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies - 21039 - WGST 200 - 01
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm MWF TBA Lecture Michele D Ren (P)

Women in the World: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies - 21041 - WGST 200 - 02
8:00 am - 9:15 am TR TBA Lecture Sarah L Hastings (P)
9:30 am - 10:45 am TR TBA Lecture Dana S Cochran (P)
11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Dana S Cochran (P)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm TR TBA Lecture Dana S Cochran (P)

Senior Portfolio in Women’s and Gender Studies - 21040 - WGST 400 - 01
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm M TBA Directed Study Moira P Baker (P)










Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted

Adapted from Georgetown. 

If your friend was sexually assaulted, they may experience the following:


      Shock
      Disbelief
      Anger
      Mood swings
      Irritability
      Disturbances in eating and sleeping habits
      Denial
      Fear
      Helplessness
      Embarrassment
      Depression
      Inability to concentrate or relax
      Resurfacing memories of past abuse



For some, the emotional impact of sexual assault can be immediate and short term. For others the effects can be long lasting. Your friend may find it helpful to talk to a counselor trained to understand and assist survivors of sexual assault. What you can do:

Believe unconditionally.  People rarely lie about being sexually assaulted. Be sure your friend knows how much you support her or him.

Let the survivor control the situation.  Let your friend determine the pace of healing. Help your friend understand the options available, and encourage your friend to keep her or his options open. Most importantly, allow your friend to make her or his own decisions.

Assure your friend that it was not her or his fault.  No one asks to be sexually assaulted. Avoid blaming questions and judgmental phrases such as, "Why didn't you scream?" or "If I ever get my hands on the creep..." or "I would have done this..." Avoid searching for things your friends should have done.

Show you want to listen.  A friend may confide in you ten minutes or ten years after the assault. At that time, it doesn't matter so much what you say but how well you listen. Remember that your friend's sense of trust has been violated, so one of the most important things you can do is respect her or his need for confidentiality.

Encourage your friend to get medical attention as soon as possible. Your friend can receive medical attention from a private doctor, clinic or hospital emergency room.

Don't be afraid to ask for outside help.  In addition to medical attention, your friend may need counseling. Offer to help your friend access outside services.


Campus Police
Allen Building, East Main and University Drive
540-831-5500 police@radford.edu

Student Counseling Services
Tyler Hall, Lower Level
540-831-5226

Student Health Center, Moffett Hall
540-831-5111

Substance Abuse & Violence Education Support
Heth Hall Room 215
540-831-5709 saves@radford.edu


Women's Resource Center of the NRV
1217 Grove Ave, Radford, VA 24141
540-639-9592



How to Take Care of Yourself

Understand your own feelings. You may also feel confused, hurt, angry, or frightened. Such feelings are normal.

Don't be afraid to ask for outside help. Find someone other than the survivor to talk with about your feelings. Talking with someone else may help you understand your own emotions and give you a clearer perspective on the situation. Many of the services available for your friend are also available for you.

Know and respect your own limits. There is only so much you can do to help your friend. You can provide support, compassion, and companionship when your friend wants it, but try not to make commitments that you can't fulfill.

Keep the rest of your life on track. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Allowing other aspects of your life to slip through the cracks will only increase your emotional stress.

Remember that it was not your fault. You may feel guilty, thinking that somehow you could have prevented your friend's sexual assault. Don't forget that sexual assault is a violent crime and you are not to blame.

Realize that coping with sexual assault is a long-term process. The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison also provides information on other forms of violence and abuse, including resources for survivors of child sexual abuse, relationship violence, stalking, and same-sex violence.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Guest Post: Locker Room Talk by Nasyah Price

“It’s locker room talk”, “All men say that”, “Let men be men”, “It’s no big deal”, “Women should be flattered”, “It’s not like we are actually raping them”. With the recent events of the Trump “P***y Gate” debacle, and an event that I recently attended on campus I thought the topic of rape jokes and the trivialization of rape and the harm it does to not only women but also men will be the topic of my rant. When we joke about rape and sexual assault, we not only make it harder for victims to come forward out of fear of being judged and the victims are not taken seriously in most cases, but it also contributes to the societal view that when a woman is victimized by a man, the man is just doing what nature dictates and therefore cannot and should not be punished.

I recently went to an event on campus that did a viewing of a documentary “Killing Me Softly” that was about how the media portrays women as sexual props to appeal to men. At the very beginning of the event the moderators explicitly announced that they recognize that 10% of rape victims are men (http://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem)[1] and that the audience is well aware that all men do not assault and/or rape women. There was an open forum afterwards with survey questions that could be texted in anonymously for the moderator to discuss. 

At first the audience of about 60 people texted or responded with legitimate and respectful answers, however that changed when the answers that were texted in became “funny”. Some of the answers at first were “R.I.P Harambe” or “Hillary was responsible for 9/11” but then the answers got incredible crass and even threatening, “Women disgust me with their whining”, “I wish rape WAS legal” the phrase “This is stupid/dumb/pointless” as a top answer. Men were laughing at women who expressed their fears to go out at night...the men acted indignant towards the women of the room who did not want to be repeatedly catcalled just walking around campus. Calling themselves “Representatives for men” they said men do not act or think the way they thought the discussion was trying to portray them. The rape culture was being exaggerated even though they were shooting themselves in the foot with the results of the survey answers (shown on the projector screen)...which displayed degrading slurs and disrespectful comments about the women through the cell phone survey for all to see. 

Not being able to stand the mockery that was directed toward women in the audience I stood up. With my boiling rage, I made known that [a] man ... raped me when I was sixteen and ... I was sexually assaulted by [another man] at work. The comments people were sending in for the survey believed they were funny and the energy of the people in the room proved why we need to have discussions about sexual assault. The psychological trauma every woman has gone through including myself was just another matter to kid around about. Some people clapped with respect and others scoffed. There was no more laughter or ridicule of people trying to talk about actions to prevent sexual assault. There was one last comment sent in that will forever be ingrained in my mind and already tattered soul; “third times a charm” [sic].

In Emily Buchwald's book “Transforming a Rape Culture”[2] she talks about how when a society normalizes sexualized violence, we are essentially accepting and creating rape culture. One the national average 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted and that number is even higher on a college campus with 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted[3]. Only 10% of is rape is reported and it is the most unreported crime in the world. When society blames the victims, the actually victims of sexual assault believe they deserved or brought about being attacked. When I was being questioned by the police, I was asked what was I wearing, was I under the influence, did I give any indication that I was being flirtatious. I was the reason for my rape and sexual assault, not my attacker. How can we rationalize that rape is funny or when it’s a conversation casually being talked about, it is perfectly normal? 

In a patriarchal society rape isn’t seen as a crime that someone should be put in prison for life even though the women and men affected will never have a sense of security every again walking home at night. They will always have feelings of distrust in their heart if the survivor wants to share a romantic relationship. Survivors of rape and sexual assault do not find rape jokes funny, we are appalled and it’s harder for us to move forward towards healing and to feel safe. This is not fair to the anyone because men who respect women will still be looked upon with wariness and suspicion for a crime they have not committed. When we see and hear rape jokes and excuse given that it’s normal, we believe it’s normal, that men really do talk about women as sexual props and that they can do whatever they please, when in reality it is not. If you don’t want to be seen or viewed as a rapist don’t make rape jokes, it’s that simple.

[1] (Scope of the Problem: Statistics, 2016)

[2] Buchwald, Emilie, Pamela R. Fletcher, and Martha Roth. “Accepting Rape Culture.” Transforming a Rape Culture. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1993. N. pag. Print.

[3] Violence Resource, National. “Facts about Sexual Violence.” PsycEXTRA Dataset (n.d.): n. pag. Statistics about Sexual Violence. National Sexual Violence Resource, 2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.