This is a speech that I wrote in school and honestly, I am really proud of it. I hope you all enjoy it and take it to heart.
Rape is not or will ever be an easy topic to talk about, but it is a necessary topic that must be discussed. Many believe that rape is just a plot to make men look like evil monsters, but it is so much more than that. Rape culture is when we, as a society, decide to normalize sexual assault situations and turn them into cultural jokes. We begin to say phrases like, “Oh, if she didn’t dress so provocatively, she wouldn’t have been raped,” and “He was just caught up in the moment. There’s no shame in that.” All of this is not okay, especially when many teenagers are living their lives, ignorant to what rape culture truly is, and I used to be one of them.
The society that we live in frowns upon rape, yet never chooses to acknowledge it when it happens. Continuously, we are shown in the media rape cases, where the rapist is let off easy on account of lack of proof or that it was not “real rape.” Yet one out of every six American woman has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. As young adults, do we truly know what “real rape” is? No, we don’t. We know the textbook definition of what rape is, sex without consent. We are uneducated to the true meaning of rape because of the refusal of society and schools to educate us.
Whether we realize it or not, rape culture is a part of our everyday lives. When an artist like Robin Thicke is singing about how consent is just a blurred line, we, as teenagers, don’t realize that this is not a matter to be joked about. When a president such as Donald Trump talks about women in degrading ways, we believe we can too, because if a president can get away with it, why can’t we? As a society, we are condoning this behavior and not realizing the effect it has on our world. We never stopped to think about how that young girl felt, when the entire world was screaming profanities at her for allowing herself to be raped. Or how that grown woman felt to get catcalled in the middle of the street. If we allow ourselves to accept this behavior as teenagers, than we are saying that rape is normal and that it will continue to happen. That it is so ingrained into our society and culture, we have no way to prevent it.
There are always problems, but there are always solutions. We can defeat this twisted and horrifying plague, known as rape culture by educating ourselves on what rape truly is and what others have gone through. As the next generation to lead our society, we must enlighten ourselves where society failed to educate us effectively. When we inform ourselves on rape culture, we will be able to apply it to our lives daily. Day by day, we will be able to inform others on rape culture and prevent them from being ignorant from the truth. Rape should not be a societal norm. Together we can stop other generations from believing that it is.
Educate yourself love,
Queen JoJo ❤