Tags: children/youth, gender, culture, rape, sexual assault, 00 to 05 mins
Summary: This clip is taken from a local news report about a group of boys and men who drugged and raped a 16-year-old girl in a field nearby a party they were attending. Some time later, pictures of the rape were posted on Facebook, and according to reports, each time the pictures were taken down by Facebook, they were reposted. Note in the clip that against the victim's own claim of being raped and despite reports that she was given a date rape drug, the students who were interviewed by the news station assert their belief that consensual sex occurred, not rape. At about 40 seconds into the clip, the teens go further by suggesting that the victim was at fault. I see this clip as working well to facilitate two sorts of discussions. The first is a discussion of the concept of rape culture, which is articulated well in the book Transforming a Rape Culture: "A rape culture is a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women." Feminist blogger, Melissa McEwan, has also posted an influential essay on the topic. A second more thorough discussion from this clip might draw from Elizabeth Armstrong's article, "Sexual Assault on Campus," to explore how rape is often the result of cultural factors working in tandem with organizational arrangements.
Submitted By: Lester Andrist
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