It has not been long since the Steubenville Ohio rape case, and unfortunately two other rape cases have come out with similar scenarios but have ended in death.
Tragically, Audrie Pott, a fifteen year old girl from California hanged herself after being sexually assaulted by three boys.
Not too long ago, Rehtaeh Parsons a seventeen year old Canadian girl also hanged herself after being sexually assaulted by four boys.
This story is repeating itself over and over again and it has to stop. We need to teach boys not to rape. We need to teach
boys to respect women. Just like we hold women morally responsible for their sexuality, we need to make men accountable for their sexuality as well. Women should not bear the burden of worrying about what to do to not get raped. The victim should not feel shame the rapist should. These boys in all three cases behaved like beasts, like wild animals in the jungle.
As a woman I should not expect to be raped or sexually assaulted. I should not have to tell my future daughters to expect to be violated by men. We as women have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, living in fear of getting raped or sexually assaulted takes that right away from us. I am calling for justice for Rehtaeh, Audrie, the women in the Congo, and the women sold into sexual slavery every day. They deserve justice.
For any woman who has been sexually assaulted suicide is not the answer. There is life after being raped, there is happiness and there is a future filled with hope.
If you have been raped there is help available for you
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1.800.656.HOPE