- Since 2006, more than 95,000 service members have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. military
- More than 86% of service members do not report their assault
- Less than five percent of all sexual assaults are put forward for prosecution, and less than a third of those cases result in imprisonment
I hate that I can attest to accuracy of this post. I never reported my assailants. I had a friend who did. She got looked down upon, name called, moved to a crappy shift and generally treated like trash from a good number of people in our command, including some superiors. The male who molested her got a “talking” to, a slap on his wrist and then essentially promoted. And that was on shore. I can’t even begin to tell you what happened while we were on the ship. It’s just unbelievably horrifying.
Can I fucking tell you how true this is???? Even though I did report the shit dick that did this to me; OSI treated me like I was lying, saying things like “you’re not acting like a victim”, and “this is impossible” when they made me draw out a diagram of what ‘position’ we were in when it happened. My sergeants basically called me out publicly calling me a slut, other airmen called me easy, and the bastard is still enlisted to this day. The most I got was a medical discharge with PTSD and a monthly check that isn’t even half of what I was making a month when I was enlisted. They cover their tracks and slap the assholes on the nose like they’re simply misbehaving pet dogs who pissed on your carpet.
God fucking bless the USA.
“We live in a country where politicians call rape a “gift from God” and suggest that women regularly lie about being raped. Where a group of young men in high school think so little of sexual assault that they thought it was fine - hilarious, even - to post pictures online of a passed out rape victim, and to live-tweet the rape, joking about the victim being urinated on. We live in a country where media as revered as The New York Times finds it necessary to describe an 11-year-old gang rape victim as “wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” Where a woman can be fired because her boss finds her “irresistable” and a woman’s rape case falls flat because she isn’t married.
It’s time to acknowledge that the rape epidemic in the United States is not just about the crimes themselves, but our own cultural and political willful ignorance. Rape is as American as apple pie - until we own that, nothing will change.”
Yeah so Americans can climb right off that ‘India is so backwards w/r/t women’ high horse right now.
[Discussion of rape/consent issues.]
So, I went from being upset about things in the latest Spider-Man comics, to being furious at the response from editorial.
Spoilers everywhere in the linked piece.
Also, be aware that the things I’ve tagged here are triggers for the piece I’ve written.
Please don’t go if it may upset you.
Amazing Spider-Man 700, Avenging Spider-Man 15.1, and the handling of sexual consent in comics.
Jesus Christ, someone actually said that? And believed it?
That’s almost as bad as the ol’ “I’m not racist, you’re racist for bringing it up!” argument.
I wish I could say I were surprised, but this is standard M.O. for the Marvel staff in general and Wacker in particular. It’s Marvel’s boilerplate circular logic — “If you don’t like it, don’t buy it!”/”If you didn’t buy it, you can’t have an opinion about it!” — applied to social issues. “I am not a bad person, therefore the people suggesting I or the group which I’m associated with have done a bad thing are the real bad people.” There’s no room for admitting wrongdoing or even for
The irony of that kind of thinking associated with a franchise like Spider-Man, whose lead character is the quintessential good person working through the consequences of his bad actions…
It’s also depressing that Spider-Man’s PTB apparently learned nothing from the Chameleon/Michelle Gonzales controversy and still think this is a worthwhile path to go down.
Same shit, different writer — between Van Lente’s spider-rape and Joe Casey’s hipster racism in the book and Slott’s stalker-behavior and Wacker’s usual antagonism outside of it, the Spider-Man books are corner of the Marvel U I decided to avoid on principle.
Oh god. Is there a link somewhere so I can share in the horror?
TW: Discussions of rape and rape culture at links:
Dissection and appropriate rage:
TW: Discussion of rape.
This scene right here is why Strongbow was never one of my favorite Elfquest characters. Even as a tween, I twigged on that he was saying that Cutter should rape Leetah and get it over with, since they’d eventually have to have sex anyway.
Thankfully, the overall text was kinder to her plight than this particular character (if one looks past the consent issues involved in the whole Recognition business to start with), but seriously, fuck that noise.
No wonder I was rooting for Winnowill.
He claims his quote is taken out of context, then manages to double down on it instead of distancing himself from it.
“The state Supreme Court Monday threw out the conviction of a city man found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court ruled that despite evidence the 26-year-old woman cannot speak and has little body movement, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with the defendant, Richard Fourtin Jr. As a result of the ruling, Fourtin goes free and cannot be tried for the case again.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE - “Supreme Court sets accused rapist free”
So by this supreme court’s decision, I’m currently consenting to sex by sitting at this computer typing and drinking my chai latte.
I’ll be consenting to sex when I run this meeting in 30 minutes.
I’m consenting to sex while taking a shit.
I’m consenting to sex while out cold on the operating table.
FUCK THAT SHIT ENTIRELY.
i can’t express exactly how angry i am about this ruling.
not only does it deny that rape even happens, but it also implies that women are to be always ready and willing for sex— an idea that i reject.
I think they just spelled it wrong. Connecticut women are in a constant state of malcontent.
i wish i was surprised. I wish
Well, time to start killing our rapists because the justice system clearly doesn’t a give a shit. I mean, it didn’t before but now it’s just really fucking blatant.
Frustrated by a plea bargain she knew nothing about until it was announced in court, Savannah Dietrich tweeted the names of her attackers despite a gag order on her case. I don’t understand why there was a gag order in the first place. Why does admitting you committed a sexual assault (and then published the photos to the internet) grant you protection and privacy?
Savannah Dietrich, 17, facing jail time for refusing to protect the anonymity of the boys who sexually assaulted her.
You know what, “justice system”? You’re long past due for a new name.