NO BLURRED LINES

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On 3 Novem­ber 2017 I was raped. Your writer ( The provo­ca­teur, 29 Jan) asks why women don’t just leave if they are in a sit­u­a­tion they don’t like. I have asked my­self this too, but if some­one doesn’t stop when you ask, or when you beg, how do you know they will let you leave with­out turn­ing more vi­o­lent? If you are frozen in fear, how do you make the jump to run­ning? I’ve read that women are more likely to dis­be­lieve other women’s ac­counts of be­ing raped, as they don’t want to think they could be in that sit­u­a­tion, that they’re smarter. Your writer ex­presses a view that is dan­ger­ous and makes vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault feel more guilty. When I called the rape cri­sis helpline, the coun­sel­lor told me it was not a crime to go out, to go on dates, to have a drink or to go and stay at the house of some­one who’d made you trust them. Sex­ual as­sault is a crime. Don’t give a plat­form to writ­ers who wish to blur the lines. Name with­held

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