April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Boys will be boys.
What did she expect?
She probably just regrets it.
She wanted it.
She was asking for it.
What was she wearing?
She was just drunk.
Consent, rape, and rape culture have been getting more attention in the media and pop culture. Books, articles, and discussions on this topic have been popping up all over the place. And it’s awesome. But it’s not enough. It is, however, a good start.
Rape culture is a huge problem. Because of it, because of the lack of education about consent, we are amidst a rape epidemic.
Here’s feminist author Emilie Buchwald’s definition of rape culture:

a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.

And we have to be the ones who change it. We need to continue spreading education and awareness about sexual violence and consent.
Sexual assault is unacceptable.
Sexual assault is preventable.
Don’t just stand by. Educate. 
More resources:
Viral consent and tea video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvrxVavnQ

 This month, let’s talk about sexual assault. Let’s talk about consent. Let’s talk about rape culture.