For those of you who don’t know, it’s Violence Awareness Week. One of the planned activities included a performance called Sex Signals. It’s a part scripted, part improv performance that also features audience participation.
Sex Signals was fantastic and wish more people would have been there. It was humorous and serious. It was very engaging but sent out a very strong message.
It discussed rape and the fact that most rapes are committed by people the victim knows. Often because they know the person they don’t report it. I know that people generally don’t believe that, but it’s true. I know someone that it happened to. She has told four people. Not the police.
And to make things worse, when she told the select few of us that know she was ridiculed. “Oh, you made it up.” “You asked for it.” Reporting rape is difficult for anyone, but when people look down on you that makes it worse.
Sure, some victims are treated with the respect and sensitivity they deserve, but saddly the majority aren’t. Girls have reported being raped and been called liars. I know because I’ve seen it first hand. I’ve seen it at my school.
A girl reported that she was raped and the majority of the school rallied against her. Was she raped? I don’t know. We weren’t in the room – which means we shouldn’t judge.