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    Do You Support Sexual Violence Against Women?

    Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.

    1. Have you ever said "she asked for it"

    No one ever is "asking" to be raped.

    2. Have You Ever Trivialized Sexual Assault by saying something like “Boys will be boys!”

    Real boys and men treat women with respect.

    3. Do you make crude, sexually explicit jokes?

    Seriously, its not funny.

    4. Do You Define “manhood” as being dominant and sexually aggressive?

    This is not what makes a man a man.

    5. Do You Define “womanhood” as being submissive and sexually passive?

    This is not what makes a woman a woman.

    6. Do You Assume that only promiscuous women get raped?

    no.

    7. Do You Teach Women To Avoid Getting Raped Instead Of Teaching Men Not To Rape?

    Rape is caused by rapists.

    8. Do You Assume Assume That Men Don’t Get Raped Or That Only “Weak” Men Get Raped ?

    FALSE. Men and boys are often the victims of the crimes of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape. In fact, in the U.S., about 10% of all victims are male

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    10. Help a Loved One

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    Listen. Be there. Don’t be judgmental.

    Be patient. Remember, it will take your loved one some time to deal with the crime.

    Help to empower your loved one. Rape and sexual violence are crimes that take away an individual’s power, it is important not to compound this experience by putting pressure on your loved one to do things that he or she is not ready to do yet.

    If you are dealing with an issue involving your child, create a safe place by talking directly to them.

    If your loved one is considering suicide, follow-up with them on a regular basis.

    Encourage your loved one to report the rape or sexual violence to law enforcement (call 911 in most areas). If your loved one has questions about the criminal justice process, talking with someone on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1.800.656.HOPE, can help.

    Let your loved one know that professional help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1.800.656.HOPE, and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.

    If your loved one is willing to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany him or her wherever s/he needs to go (hospital, police station, campus security, etc.)

    Encourage him or her to contact one of the hotlines, but realize that only your loved one can make the decision to get help.