The Stanford Rapist: It’s More Than A Race Issue

In light of all the protest about Brock Allen Turner, the Stanford Rapist, I read a quote today that ought to change the way we think about rape in America:
 
“Consensual sex” is just sex. To say “consensual sex” implies that there is such a thing as “non consensual sex”, which there isn’t. That’s RAPE, and that’s what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do NOT teach people that rape is just another form of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say “breathing swimming” and “non breathing swimming”, you would say swimming and drowning.
 
Though this case is definitely a prime example of white privilege, it’s bigger than that. I’m more upset about the fact that rape is a cultural norm in America, that 97% of rapists spend little to NO time in jail, that people seriously believe that raping someone is okay because “they were asking for it.” Stop blaming the victim, and start blaming the rapist.

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Tirrea Billings

Tirrea Billings is a native of Saginaw, Michigan, and is the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic with a love for writing and documentary filmmaking. Her life goal is to be the change that the film industry needs: more women and more people of color. She is a keen activist, and writes about issues and social injustice within the Black community. In her spare time, she is a cheer coach, yoga connoisseur, and a believer of supporting organic, locally sourced foods. Motto: Fear the girl with the smell of coffee on her lips, and dresses well on Mondays.

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