Monday, June 6, 2016

I'M TIRED OF RAPE CULTURE

My facebook feed is aghast with the news of a student at Stanford who raped his fellow student while unconscious.

And I cannot bring myself to read another article, to comment again on another status updates or even to talk about it anymore.

Because this keeps happening and I'm tired.

I'm tired of living in a world where rape feels commonplace.

I'm tired of living in a world where we rally around a victim only on social media and then turn and perpetuate rape culture.

At the risk of sounding trite, I went to law school a decade ago full of promise. I learned quickly that the justice system is imperfect because it mirrors our flaws. It is the sum of our choices and biases. And recently, its imperfections (and by default, our flaws) have been made abundantly clear.

We make choices on a daily basis - some good, some bad, most seemingly harmless. But if every one of those choices, in turn, shapes our culture...and our culture is rape culture...are those choices really harmless?

When will this end? I'm tired of rape culture.