As of January 2020, I'm finishing my Master's degree in English Rhetoric and Composition at Ball State University. There, I study writing centers, sexual assault rhetoric, and trauma-informed pedagogy. With all of these realms, I want to enact change—to make writing centers more inclusive, braver spaces; to help rape culture go away and a society where survivors are believed; to create classrooms that are proactive and treat any student with care and respect. I, however, realized that all of these goals are idealistic as well as only work inside the academy, which is a microcosm of the racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, etc. that permeate the world. Therefore, I want this blog to be something not for the Ivory Tower, but instead something that discusses life and our culture for everyone living that life and in this culture. With that, I will be writing semi-regularly to analyze popular culture that inundates our lives and how it may be more problematic that one may first think. In order to do these analyses, though, I want to start our with an overview of sexual violence and rape culture in the United States so that we can have a basis from which to go.
Sexual Misconduct and Violence in the United States
Sexual misconduct is a non-legal term that can include stalking and sexual harassment. Sexual violence is also a non-legal term that includes sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, incest, etc. Statistically, in the United States, every 73 seconds, another person is sexually assaulted. These people can be those that surround your daily life. Here's just an overview of some of the many statistics available:
Myths of Sexual Violence
There are many, many myths surrounding sexual violence, and subsequent posts will begin to unravel them even more, but let's start with an overview of some of the more ubiquitous ones: