By Makayla Sundquist
Trigger warning: This article discussing rape culture and violent acts, it may be troubling for survivors.
“A rapist is always at fault.”
“When someone is raped, it is the fault of the rapist.”
Yet, American society tends to belittle the victim with accusatory remarks, placing the blame onto the victim. This societal blame is fueled by “Rape Culture,” a term coined in the 1970’s to describe the normalization of sexualized violence in everyday life. “Rape Culture” is the belief that sexual violence is a way of life. You don’t believe me? You say, “I think that rape is bad, so I don’t fuel rape culture…”
Hold on there.