I saw a headline for this story on this evening’s news and had to wait for the full story. A rape awareness campaign aimed at men? A rape awareness campaign that tells men it’s rape if she doesn’t explicitly consent? Sounds like a feminist’s dream come true.
Well, sort of. The first interview in the story was with a man (his identity concealed) who “thought he was having consensual sex” and found himself charged with rape. Was I hoping too much when I thought an item about teaching men not to rape wouldn’t lean on the angle that some poor men get unfairly accused?
The second interview was with a rape victim (identified by name and with her face shown) who hadn’t gone to court because it was her word against her rapist’s. She said that “you can’t stop rape with just a few posters”.
The posters, the campaign, are a promising first step. But oh, what a tiny step towards such a big problem.
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