A rape culture is a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.
It is rather astounding that this is even something to exist these days, much less that we deal with it in western society…
There has been much controversy over a rape culture being present in the United States due to the massive amounts of cases of rape, assault, and abuse going unjustified. Right when you think that society might be taking a turn for the better, we are set right back to square one. In this case, the law set forth by the state of North Carolina stating that a human individual cannot revoke consent after they have given it once.
In May of 1977, Beverly Hester was sexually assaulted on a first date. She later testified that she had willingly accompanied her date to the bedroom, but he had later forced her to have intercourse with him even though she begged him not to, according to a 2004 report in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. “North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. where no doesn’t mean no,” state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) told The Fayetteville Observer this week.
The North Carolina Supreme Court later ruled that Beverly Hester was not raped by her date, even though she begged him not have sex with her. “If the actual penetration is accomplished with the woman’s consent, the accused is not guilty of rape, although he may be guilty of another crime because of his subsequent actions,” said the court decision. Because of this, North Carolina courts have suffered ever since. Jackson says that legislators are hearing more and more about women who have been raped and are being denied justice because of this crazy loophole.
Another victim of this dangerous rape loophole is Amy Guy, of Wake County. She told WCNC.com in an interview that her estranged husband had been charged with second-degree rape after continuing to have sex with her despite her begging him to stop. Jonathan Gay had shown up intoxicated at her home demanding sex. While she initially consented, he turned violent during the act and she begged him to stop; Which he ignored.
It is absolutely ridiculous that this is happening to people everywhere. No means no, that is basic human nature. For state officials to argue this is absolutely baffling. Another case similar to these is the case of 19-year-old Aaliyah Palmer. Palmer had allegedly agreed to have sex with a man at a party but changed her mind when he got violent, but she was unable to revoke consent after the intercourse began. “It’s really stupid,” Palmer recently told the Fayetteville Observer. “If I tell you no and you kept going, that’s rape.”
I think any person with human decency would be able to agree with these ladies. While there are cases out there in which men, or even women, have been framed for rape. However, this is a much lower chance as opposed to a person actually being sexually assaulted. Sexual assault and abuse is something no human should ever have to experience, and that fact that the law does not back them up is insane.
This law needs to be revoked immediately. Do you agree?