It’s time to strengthen our demands around rape jokes.
Rape jokes enable rape culture. But when feminists speak out against such jokes, it’s very common for people to respond with aggrieved bleating about their “freedom of speech”.
It’s common for feminists to identify as Left-leaning. The idea of challenging the existing power structure is a traditionally Left one, and many of the tools that feminists use – such as protest – were born out of the Left.
But the aim of feminism is a libertarian aim. Continue reading
Yesterday Roger Sutton announced his departure from CERA in a media event designed to show him in the best possible light and minimise his victim’s experience.
So the police have decided not to lay charges against the “roast busters” statutory rapists of West Auckland. They cite a lack of evidence, with very little eyewitness testimony and most of the available evidence being of the “hearsay” type that judges tend to disallow.
One contributing factor to this lack of evidence was a lack of victims willing to make formal statements:
Police said 25 girls who were believed to be victims of some form of sexual offending refused to provide formal statements.
However, a further five girls approached by police did make formal statements. Those five joined two girls who had already contacted police but whose complaints had languished until media attention brought the case to prominence.
TW: sexual violence
Another woman has been attacked by someone she met on Tinder. The first response from police? Women shouldn’t meet Internet strangers if they don’t want to get raped. Continue reading