This is what rape culture looks like

TW: sexual assault, Ched Evans, victim-blaming

I pretty much want to smash my computer screen in at the moment. Yesterday, online feminism shared a tiny victory, as ITV were convinced to pull a feature on the ‘Justice for Ched’ campaign – which aims to free a convicted rapist from prison. The group is notorious among feminists as an utterly vile bunch of victim-blamers, led by Evan’s girlfriend. Evan’s survivor has had a year of abuse and bullying, has been illegally named, and is currently believed to have had to change her name and move to escape persecution.

Allow me to present exhibit A:

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Screenshot of a Facebook page, where a user (identity blurred out) has posted: “she will get the chance to go out get drunk off her head and drugged up again and dupe some other poor lad into rape its about time ched got released and this poor excuse for a girl got what she deserves at least 5 years for what shes done ! justiceforched utb”

“Dupe some other poor lad into rape”

Dupe… into rape.

Sorry to break this to you dude, but you cannot trick someone into raping you. Rape involves the non-consensual penetration of another human being[1]. You cannot be tricked by someone into doing something to them without their consent – by definition, they would be consenting, by deciding to perform such a ‘trick’ on you[2].

I believe that the injustice you perceive to have happened, is that even though Evans was proved, by the court, to have committed rape[3], he shouldn’t have to worry about something so trivial as consent. That his victim, due to drinking and other ‘slutty’ behaviour, deserved to be penetrated without her consent.

Well next time you, or a friend, are passed out drunk, I’d like you to consider how you would feel to wake up and find you had been penetrated whilst you were unable to consent. Did you deserve it? Or do you simply think that this woman deserved it, because actually, it’s women’s autonomy that you have a problem with?

Thanks to The Gayess for sharing the picture on twitter

For some lighter relief, please do have a look at Eve Vawter’s brilliant, hilarious demolition of a rape apologist.

[1] According to English law

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[2] This ‘logic’ is so twisted I’m struggling to keep my thoughts straight!

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[3] Something which is vanishingly rare. A snapshot of statistics: 85,000 women and 12,000 men in the UK are estimated to be raped each year. 16,000 are reported to police. 1,070 convictions are made. That’s 1.1% of estimated rapes that end with a conviction.

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5 thoughts on “This is what rape culture looks like

  1. Maeve, you are your mother’s daughter. Its sad that this issue still needs to be addressed by your generation. Thank-you for your family’s persistence. PS. I knew that infogram would be useful, shocking statistics but pleased you are now able to back up the arguments with hard facts.

  2. You do not have access to all the facts regarding this. If you did, you would be truly shocked at what went on in that hotel room, and you would be eating your words.

    The ‘victim’ in this case has been awarded truly life-changing finanacial payouts from an array of different sources, but has she donanted any of this money to any of the deserving rape crisis centres or support groups that are around? No.

    It is such a shame that all the facts have not been made public about this whole case, as if they had been, all the people who are ranting about what a vile person Evans is, and what a victim the girl was, would soon shut up.

    Get your facts straight.

    • Whether I (or you) as individuals know what happened is irrellevant. The legal process was followed, a jury convicted and two appeals have been denied. The compensation received by the victim has been due to the unlawful way she was treated since the attack.

      I am not ranting at all about what a vile person Evans is (though my personal feelings about people who commit rape are pretty obvious). This article is about the vile way his *supporters* have been acting, and the way that society is complicit in allowing victim-blaming to continue.

  3. No-one can have all the facts about a situation that happened between two individuals in private other than the individuals themselves. The term ‘facts’ about subjective experiences might be disputed. There is one simple fact that is obvious and that is that an individual has been convicted of a crime. Whether or not you believe that the crime was committed does not alter the fact of the conviction.

    In terms of ‘life-changing’ payouts, the victim’s life was changed by being raped, and she will presumably need some money to change her location and build a new life in the wake of the hatred that has been directed towards her by people who believe she has ruined her rapist’s life. His life was ruined by his own actions, and so was hers. He is not the victim and she is not to blame for reporting a crime. Simples.

    Has she donated any of this money? We would not know because if she is a person of integrity and not someone who wants to make a big show of publicity then she may have donated privately. Perhaps at some point in the future she will donate her time to a women’s charity as many abuse survivors do. But this is not our place to judge.

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