Joe Paterno and Rape Culture

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.

How many of us make rape or sexual violence jokes? Or listen to songs that glorify violence against women? How many of us have witnessed a woman being groped or handled in a way that she clearly didn’t like; and did nothing?
Sexual violence is a community problem; it requires a strong community response. Each of us needs to respond in our daily walks of life… not just when this epidemic is briefly highlighted in the news. We need to examine our own personal attitudes and contributions in perpetuating rape culture.
C’mon everybody…. let’s make a difference, not just talk about things.
More information HERE and HERE.

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