Seen on social media: things that remind me how prevalent rape culture is.
On a Facebook, I saw a news story from The Guardian whose headline says, “Mexican man cleared in sexual assault of schoolgirl because he didn’t enjoy it.”
What the actual fuck?!
I clicked through, and the details describe a 21-year-old who assaulted a classmate. I understand they’re both in the same economic class, and one of the lines in one of the articles I read said, “If the victim had been poor, we wouldn’t even be talking about this.” (Because those with less money are therefore more disposable and less important – my body feels *all the rage* about this part, especially.)
The second Guardian article I read said about 95% of crime in Mexico is unreported, likely because people know they will never get justice.
I’m so sick of seeing this happen. I’m sick of seeing people suffer because no one believes them, I’m sick of seeing people with privilege get away with crimes, being given legal impunity. I’m sick of seeing families destroyed by things like these, and victims being told to shut up and tolerate being abused. Or to just “get over it” because you shouldn’t be affected by it after so long.
My hope is that the petition will help me advocate for holding people accountable. The system itself functions to protect people who don’t need nor deserve protecting – the perpetrators – and I’m tired of this bullshit.
A word on the petition:
I’ve been asked whether you have to be a New Mexico resident to sign. The answer is no. You can sign whether you’re local or across the world.
Some people have also expressed concern about their information. Your information is kept by change.org when you sign. The petition creator (in this case, me) does not see your information if you uncheck the box below the signature space saying, “Display my name.”
Your information will not be used for any purpose other than gathering voices to stand against this injustice, and will not be sold, shared, or made available anywhere but change.org if you choose to display your name on the petition itself.
If this petition is successful in making legal, systemic changes, I want to advocate for the changes I outline in the petition globally.
I’m sick of people not being held accountable for the damage they do to others, and I’m tired of a system that dismisses victims while protecting perpetrators of these crimes.
I’VE HAD ENOUGH.
I need help to make this advocacy happen in the real world, and if you’re up for brainstorming with me, let me know at JGBlogger86 at gmail dot com.
Sign the damn petition, please. I can’t with this bullshit.
(Thanks, Michael Mrocek, for the featured pic.)