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Why our Culture is a Rape Culture: Part 1

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One more reason why our culture continues to be a rape culture: Last year, I attended a college conference with my agent. We were there to meet students and their advisers. The event was basically like speed dating but for college students and lecturers. Colleges come to pick what they want to bring back to their school.

Since I am a comedic motivational speaker (I speak on avoiding addictions, sexual assault, and body image), my work is a good fit for orientations.

My agent and I worked the booth together and we spoke with a lot of orientation directors.

There was another “speaker” who worked the booth with us. This man is a professor at a university, where he teaches philosophy. He (let’s call him “Jeffrey”) went on and on about his religious views and how hard it was for him to eat Kosher where he lived. He seemed to enjoy complaining about how difficult things were for him.

While I didn’t agree with all of his points of view, I did respect his devotion to his religion. I began to view him as a goofy, out-of-touch, clownish sort of “nutty professor” who seemed pretty harmless.

On the second day, “Jeffrey” and I got into a conversation about sexual assault.

He said, “Well, I just don’t believe those statistics of 1 out of every 4 females is assaulted on campuses. I think the number is over-inflated.”

I said, “Oh really! I disagree. Every time I talk about my experiences of assault and molestation as a teen, and a college student, there is always someone else who says that they too were assaulted. I think the statistic is actually higher because so many incidents go unreported due to the shame and stigma around sex/sexual assault in this country.”

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