I was never going to write about this. It was far too personal for me. However, I feel like it would be a huge disservice to not discuss it in light of recent media coverage.
Let’s start with this is not a pity me piece. I’m not asking for some form of personal attention. Now that’s out of the way, we can discuss this massive problem.
According to Marshall University, Rape Culture is
“an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.”
I’m gong to start with my own story to talk about this issue.
My freshman year of college, I was super excited. I was going to my dream school. I hadn’t even applied to other schools. My mom was so nervous. I go down for orientation. Meet a cute boy. He’s on the football team and he’s southern. I mean that’s what a girl from the north wants in a man when she goes down south. We talked that whole summer until I moved into the dorm. I think my mom had been back in NJ for 24 hours max when I called her from my roommates cellphone to tell her I had been raped and the police had taken my cellphone as evidence. Not only did they take my cellphone but basically all of my possessions. Being the amazing mom she is, she left work and drove back to South Carolina. Thanks mom.