Rape culture is a serious issue that should be dealt with, according to feminist activist and journalist Jodi Kantor.
She said that feminists should stop calling rape culture a “thing” and instead take a stance against the harmful effects of rape culture, including the fact that many victims don’t report the crime.
“If you’re an average woman and you’re raped by someone you don’t know, you’re not going to go to the police,” Kantor told the Daily Beast.
“You’re not gonna report it to the authorities.
You’re not just going to be on your own.
You don’t even have the right to go out there.
You have to go into the community to talk to people and figure out what’s going on, and that’s a huge thing.”
Rape culture does exist, and the feminist movement has struggled to deal with the issue.
“I’m not gonna say that it’s not something that we need to talk about,” Kantore said.
“But it’s important that we talk about it and address it.
And it’s very sad that we’re talking about it when we should be talking about how we can prevent it.” “
It’s important to know that there’s not one woman who will be able to say, ‘This is what it feels like when you’re being raped, and it’s so horrible.’
And it’s very sad that we’re talking about it when we should be talking about how we can prevent it.”
Kantor also said that there is a “growing problem” of rape apologists, who believe that victims of rape are “blaming the victim,” not blaming the rapist.
“This is a very important point.
There’s no question that women have a right to tell their stories, and if the rape happens to them, that’s fine,” she said.
“[It’s] important that the survivor knows that their story matters, and she has the right and the ability to tell her story, because if we don’t have that, it doesn’t matter how they feel about it.
We are all victims of the same thing, and we all need to be able, through our words, our words alone, to put things right.”
Kantore added that women should not “be afraid of the word rape” when it comes to the rape culture.
“There is no such thing as rape culture,” she told The Next Sputnik.
“And it is not something we should talk about.
There is no reason for anyone to have to be afraid of it.”
A feminist group called the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) has taken up the cause, as well as a petition to have all colleges and universities implement a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual violence.”
“We need to stop being scared of the ‘what if’ part of it,” Kantora said.