Lindsay @bagofcorn ?active 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Slate published an article today called ”Crying Rape
False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.”
The article even admits that only 2% of rape accusations are false. Yet I believe the statistics are 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted. Every day there is some news story about how sexual assault isn’t taken seriously in this country. College campuses and police do nothing to prosecute rapists. Tons of rape kits are never even processed. And plenty of rapists get a mere slap on the wrist. Women are constantly blamed for their own rapes for the way they dress, for being drunk, for simply existing in the world. Many women don’t report their rapes because they fear no one will believe them.
So forgive me, Slate, for not focusing on this ”serious” problem of a tiny percentage of rape accusations being false.
Lindsay commented on the blog post “Dear Prudence” columnist publishes rape denialism manifesto advising women to “stop getting drunk” 1 year ago · View
I read Slate every day and was just shocked and infuriated that they posted this crap. For what it’s worth, I also wrote a letter to Slate and Ms. Yoffe telling them why they should not be posting articles that reinforce rape culture.
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