What is

Rape Culture?

and are you unconsciously reinforcing it?

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  • Examples of Rape Culture

  • 01

    Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”).

  • 02

    Trivialising sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”).

  • 03

    Sexually explicit jokes.

  • 04

    Tolerance of sexual harassment.

  • 05

    Inflating false rape report statistics.

  • 06

    Publicly scrutinising a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and sexual history.

  • 07

    Slut shaming comments from both men and women.

  • 08

    Gratuitous gendered violence in movies and television.

  • 09

    Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive.

  • 10

    Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive.

  • 11

    Pressure on men to “score”.

  • 12

    Categorising women who resist male sexual advances as “frigid” or “cold”.

  • 13

    Assuming only promiscuous women get raped.

  • 14

    Assuming that men don’t get raped or that only “weak” men get raped.

  • 15

    Refusing to take rape accusations seriously.

  • 16

    Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape.

  • How You Can Combat Rape Culture

  • 01

    Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women.

  • 02

    Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivialising rape.

  • 03

    If a friend says they’ve been raped, take them seriously and be supportive.

  • 04

    Think critically about the media’s messages concerning women, men, relationships, and violence.

  • 05

    Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations.

  • 06

    Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent.

  • 07

    Define your own manhood or womanhood. Don't let stereotypes shape your actions.

  • 08

    Get involved! Join a student or community group working to end sexual assault.

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