We’ve seen this too many times to count. Reporters, columnists, everyday people commenting on rape, rape culture and then downplaying the victims. We must remember that terrible things happen to people, trauma happens, rape happens and we need to be here to support all victims. Not belittle them.
It’s comments like these from George Will that threaten victims and hurt them even more than they’ve already been hurt.
George Will: Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”
Washington Post columnist George Will doesn’t believe the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Instead he believes that liberals, feminists and other nefarious forces have conspired to turn being a rape survivor into a “coveted status that confers privileges.” As a result of this plot, “victims proliferate,” Will wrote in a weekend editorial that ran in the Washington Post and New York Post.
Further compounding the crisis of people coming forward about sexual assault to stay de rigueur is the fact that “capacious” definitions of sexual assault include forcible sexual penetration and nonconsensual sexual touching. Which is really very outrageous, according to Will. It is really very hard to understand why having your breasts or other parts of your body touched against your will should be frowned upon.
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