One week in November.
- BBC Radio DJ Nick Conrad tells women that they are “partially responsible” for rape because “it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm”.
- Professor Betty Stanko of the Metropolitan Police concludes that when women with mental health difficulties are victims, rape has been “effectively decriminlaised”.
- An all-male fraternity at Edinburgh University is under investigation for threatening to rape members of the university’s feminist society.
- The Cafepress website is shown to be selling pro-rape clothing, with slogans such as “No means yes, yes means anal”.
- Bill Cosby is accused of rape – not for the first time, nor the second, nor the fourth, nor the fifth …
- Over the course of this week, an estimated 1,600 women in England and Wales will have been raped. Many more will have experienced sexual assault.
This is a normal week. It’s not Rape Week or the annual Festival for the Promotion of Sexual Assault. It’s just seven days in a world where we’re basically okay with women being raped. (more…)