Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Week Plans And Questions

My blogging this week will be light to non-existent because of my plans for this holiday week which include working on turning the work I've done on this blog and putting it into book format. Right now the tentative title for my planned book is: They Serve Beer to Rapists.

In this book I will be focusing on:

1) Helping people see where our society supports a victim-critical, rapist-sympathetic view of rape and how this view is grossly ineffective at preventing rape and causes survivors extra trauma.

2) Helping people reject this view and replace it with a healthier model which puts the responsibility for sexual violent actions back where it belongs.

Are there certain posts or portions of posts on Abyss2hope which people have found particularly helpful in these 2 areas of focus? Any other ideas related to this book are welcome.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 11:31 AM   4 comments links to this post


At November 23, 2009 5:17 PM, Blogger Georgia Girl said...

Marcella, if you reference gang rape, I hope you will mention that there are no statistics for the 50s and 60s, at the height of fraternity gang rape. Society was completely unaware that women were being gang raped regularly by "gentlemen" of the brotherhood of [some] fraternities.
Thank you.

At November 24, 2009 8:09 AM, Anonymous forestplant said...

You seem to say that people blaim the victims for being sexualy assulted, I don´t know if that´s really true public opinion, if it is, that´s sad and absurd.

However, sometimes girls flirt with people just for fun, because they like the feeling they get from doing it. It makes them feel attractive and good about themselves, I think. I´ve seen this behavior many times, but I think that´s ok.

But maybe it would be in there own interest to think about the way they act?

At November 24, 2009 9:46 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...


The problem with focusing on girls thinking before they act is this ignores the importance of boys and men doing the same when their "act" would be more than flirting, but an act of violation.

It also gives those who want to cross ethical and legal lines an excuse to shift responsibility off themselves.

At November 25, 2009 6:31 PM, Blogger Eibhear said...

Ahem, forestplant, you're just after blaming the victim yourself!


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