Saturday, November 18, 2006

Rape Prevention Video Captures One Scenario

This short film aimed to help prevent sexual violence on college campuses shows a situation where the rapist doesn't view committing rape as rape. It also shows a common reaction after rape where the rape victim changes and the rapist remains unfazed.

If people watch this video and don't accept that the situation in the film is rape, then their attitudes contribute to the pervasiveness of rape. Some will call what's shown a simple misunderstanding, others will say that the film cuts away too soon to make a determination about whether the sex was consensual (maybe she caved in), still others will say the boy/man shown didn't intend harm so it can't be real rape.

To snuff out rape, we all must adopt a no-tolerance policy toward sexually exploitive behavior or any interaction where anyone involved could view the interaction as unwanted, exploitive or abusive.

To put all responsibility for stopping rape on victims or potential victims is to give unidentified perpetrators permission to think only of themselves and what they want. It tells them that setting limits on their behavior isn't their responsibility.

It sets up otherwise law abiding people, mostly boys and men, for a rude awakening when they are confronted by the authorities.

Those who reject the possibility of rape increase the danger of rape in three ways.

  1. Because they could commit rape due to their unwillingness to understand how the interection feels to the other person.

  2. Because they will deny the reality of rape from the victim's perspective.

  3. Because they will help keep rape-friendly habits alive and unwell by excusing harmful behavior.

For those who think the male student's behavior in the video isn't something worth making a fuss over and shouldn't result in disciplinary action or criminal charges, then it shouldn't be a big deal for people like him to stop behaving like that.

They should just say no to committing acts that have the potential to traumatize others.

Rape prevention that puts all responsibility on potential victims only deflects or defers rape since the behavior that leads to rape will be repeated at another time and on other potential rape victims.

Rape is caused by the rapist so the best prevention focuses on changing the behavior which leads someone to rape.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:23 AM   5 comments links to this post


At November 18, 2006 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until society changes its sexual attitudes rape will continue. Men and boys needs to understand that brow beating a woman or girl into submission so you can have sex with her is wrong. Women and girls needs to understand there is no playing when it comes to sex. Media and people have a hard time wrapping their minds around the fact that women don't need protectors unless the protector treats them as an equal in all ways. Maybe society should castrate rapists first. then put them in jail.....

At November 18, 2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Rhea said...

Bravo! Rape prevention is so often about telling women to stay home. Rapists have to start being accountable for their abomindable behavior and attitudes.

At December 02, 2006 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That's a powerful film. I'm impressed what it conveys so briefly, with no dialog. Do you know who is seeing it? And if it seems to be doing any good?

At December 02, 2006 11:49 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

anonymous, I wish I knew more about the film. If anyone has more information, please let me know.

At December 09, 2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

After watching the video, it's hard for me to imagine how anyone could claim that's *not* rape. It was perfectly obvivous.


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