To those who jump up on a pedestal to vilify Joe Paterno and to everybody who vehemently defends him, your voices have been heard! The media screams on both sides of the issue. It’s ratings gold! These voices provide great banter and grounds for serious debate.
But is tarnishing a man’s career a bigger justice than people holding their own behaviors accountable when it comes to perpetuating rape culture?
Did you know?
- One of every six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
- Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
- 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
Most of us ignore these statistics until news about the Penn State scandal shines a temporary spotlight on sexual violence.
We live in a society in which rape is pervasive and sanctioned through sexist attitudes and beliefs that make sexual violence seem like a normal, natural & inevitable part of our culture. We fail to recognize this because we see it everywhere; on TV, in the movies and hear it in our music. Sexual violence, especially against women, is so ubiquitous that it becomes normalized and ingrained in our everyday lives.