[Content note: sexual assault]
I don’t want to hear anything more about the “ruined futures” of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond. The verdict did not ruin their futures. They ruined their futures, when they made the decision to rape someone.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how you shouldn’t drink if you don’t want to get raped. One could get blackout drunk every single day for a lifetime and they still wouldn’t get raped unless someone decides to rape them.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how Jane Doe didn’t “affirmatively say no” and how Mays and Richmond thought they had consent. They said, ”She is so raped right now.” They knew exactly what they were doing.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how Jane Doe has been known to lie. Her rape was caught on video.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how it’s only rape if there’s a penis involved. It’s rape if someone is made to participate in sexual activity without their consent.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how hopefully girls and women will “learn from this.” No. Hopefully those who think they can assault others with impunity will learn from this.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how hopefully Mays and Richmond will get raped in prison. This is rape culture.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how “dangerous” partying is for young women. 40% of rapes occur in the victim’s home; an additional 20% occur at the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor. Only 24% happen in the early morning hours between midnight and 6 AM.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how “remorseful” Mays and Richmond were. They cried and begged for forgiveness only after the verdict came down. Sorry, that really doesn’t mean much.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how we need to crack down on teenage partying. Sure. But what we really need to crack down on is rape culture, violent masculinity, and the glorification of sports.
I don’t want to hear anything more about where Jane Doe’s parents were looking while she was out partying. Where were Mays’ and Richmond’s parents looking? Where was their coach looking? Oh, right, he said he “took care of it.”
I don’t want to hear anything more about how Mays and Richmond were ”just kids.” Kids may not be ready for adult responsibilities and rights, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing when they assault someone.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how Mays and Richmond are just ”sick,” how they’re ”monsters,” how nobody you know would ever do something like that.
I don’t want to hear anything more about how this case should teach us about the “dangers”of social media. It should teach us about the dangers of raping people.
I don’t want to hear anything more about justice being served. I mean, yeah, let’s give credit where credit was due. But what will happen in just a few years when Mays and Richmond are released? Will they have changed? Is Jane Doe getting the help she needs? Are we doing everything we can to make sure this never happens again? That would be justice. Our work is not done.
Here’s what I want to hear more about:
What will this community do to support Jane Doe? What will it do to impart better values not just to its children, but to its adults? What will it do to ensure that being a football player gets you absolutely no special privileges? What will it do to try to help Mays and Richmond become productive members of the community without letting them off the hook for what they did?
I want to hear more about rape culture, violent masculinity, and the glorification of sports.
I want to hear more about how rapists rape because they know they’ll get away with it, not because the victim was ”asking for it” or because men are too pathetic and driven by sexual urges to control themselves.
I want to hear more what makes you a rapist and less about what makes you a victim, more about structures and less about individuals, more about justice and less about revenge.
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