Women get Rape because of Rapist

*Warning this article talks about sexual assault and rape and it may be triggering for some readers*

When a woman wants to have a drink or two, they should not have to live in fear that they are going to be raped. Across the globe, but particularly America, drunk women often are assault or rape, and that should not be a normal consequence.

Chanel Miller, also known as Emily Doe, is a rape victim. Her rapist is Brock Turner. You may know the story. Chanel went to a Stanford frat party with her sister, and she got drunk, blackout drunk. Turner decided to take advantage of this opportunity, and he raped her behind a dumpster. Two Swedish grad students saw this interaction and when Turner saw them, he ran away. The two men chased them and held him down until police arrive. Turner served three months in jail and was supposed to serve three years on probation, but it ended early.

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Image via Wikimedia Commons

Turner was able to serve only three months in jail and then walk away. He is a registered sex offender, however, he has a job. Turner is not mentally, emotionally, or physically haunted by what occurred that night, and his minor sentencing proves how this crime was not taken seriously.

In an interview conducted by 60 Minutes, Chanel Miller speaks out for the first time about being raped by Turner and how it has impacted her life.

Palo Alto Online shared Miller’s point of view on how alcohol is perceived when a woman is raped. Chanel, in the interview, admitted she drank too much that night, however, her being raped should not be the consequences for her actions; “Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk,” Miller said during the interview. “We have this sick mindset in our culture as if you deserve rape if you drink too excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover—but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.”

Women should not live in fear that if they have one drink too many that they are at risk of being raped that evening. When most women go out to clubs or parties, they are constantly worried about that.

When a woman is sexually assaulted they often do not disclose this information, and they hid it rather than supporting this.

Women do this because when they speak out about this, the media and the public view the rape victims as liars. People are quick to slut-shame and place the guilt on the woman, however, they did not have the control or power to do anything.

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Image via The New York Times

 

Miller felt uncomfortable speaking out about being raped by Turner because of the way she was pictured. She did not want to be the girl who was found blackout drunk, half-naked, behind a dumpster. Miller dreamed of being a children’s book author, however, she feels as if she cannot fulfill that dream because she believes that parents will not want her to be their children’s role model.

Women do not feel comfortable speaking out because they are viewed in a negative light, whereas the rapist is viewed positively. Turner was described as a “Standford University swimmer” and some articles even highlighted his accomplishments, whereas Chanel was described as the victim and a “half-naked woman.”

When a woman is raped and speaks out, the media paints her in a picture that places the blame on her based on what she was wearing, how she acted, how much she drank, etc. The media is quick to place the blame on the woman and how they acted versus the rapist.

People are raped because of the rapist, not because of how they act. Women are not going to feel uncomfortable speaking out about rape if they keep getting the blame placed on them.

One thought on “Women get Rape because of Rapist

  1. This needed to be said and Brock Turner did not learn his lesson being as privileged as he is. Still to this day, it gives me chills knowing he is out and about in the world thinking he got away with rape. I’m so proud of Chanel Miller for coming out about her story because so many people needed to hear how fucked up the whole situation was for her and why it took her so long to speak out. The fact there were so many witnesses and he still was painted in a positive light compared to her makes me sick. Rape culture in America is not something going away and addressing this is so important in order to change things. Thank you for informing readers about this.

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