Last week we talked about rape culture, and some of the different forms it can take. Of course rape is an example, but anything that degrades and dehumanizes women and girls and normalizes violence against them, such as catcalling or victim blaming, feeds into the system of rape culture. This system works on a large cultural scale and seeps into our everyday lives in a way that feels impossible to stop. So what can we do about it? How can one person have any kind of impact on an issue this vast and entrenched in our culture?
Small, everyday acts of resistance and conscious decisions to change behavior and call out behaviors that feed into rape culture is how we will ultimately make a difference in this system. Below is a list of ways you can combat Rape Culture (list from Marshall University).
How can men and women combat Rape Culture?
- Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women
- Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivializing rape
- If a friend says she has been raped, take her seriously and be supportive. Believe her!
- Think critically about the media’s messages about women, men, relationships, and violence
- Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations
- Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent
- Define your own manhood or womanhood. Do not let stereotypes shape your actions.
- Get involved! Volunteer at DCFOF or Host An Education Workshop at your school or business.
It has always been true that the only thing in the world we can truly control are our own actions. By making conscious decisions every day not to feed into the rape culture around us, we can set an example for others and continue to educate those who are not informed about the hurt they may be causing.
Denton County Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, or domestic violence while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, prevention, and justice.
If you or someone you know needs help connect with our 24-Hour Crisis Line at 940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031.