Rape culture is real.
As the #MeToo movement progresses, women from all over the country risk everything to stand up and say those two simple words. I have never been assaulted, so I pondered what I could do to help. How could I show my support for these victims?
By saying my piece.
Rape culture is real. Because women are the ones who are taught how to avoid rape. I know that all women reading this are nodding along, because they already know it all. They have heard it all. Women are taught not to walk alone too late at night, to watch how men walk along the street for signs of danger. They are taught how to handle being chased down streets, how they must throw their purse through windows to set off alarms and how they must scream loudly and run towards crowded areas. Women are taught what to wear and when to wear it. They are the ones who are always asked to account for the actions of others, to structure their lives around it. Women are asked “what were you wearing?” and,