Massive content warnings for rape, rape apologism, and police rape culture.
What has happened in the Waitematā police district is fucking awful. And it’s fucked up a lot of people’s lives (please note: not referring to the perpetrators or their media supporters. Fuck right off with that shit.)
I have to take heart from the fact that, even though there are still apologists everywhere, and even though media outlets like RadioLive keep perpetuating rape culture for the ratings … this conversation is so much less terrible than it has been in the past. There have been cases in the past – the trial of Louise Nicholas (and yes, that’s deliberate phrasing) is the one which springs to mind first – where the voices demanding that we take survivors seriously and stop making excuses for rapists were lonely ones. It was just the feminists, just the rape crisis organisations, just the people with a “stake” in the matter.
Today, Matthew fucking Hooton went on RadioLive and explained that young men presented with vulnerable, drunk young women have one course of action, and that’s get them home safely, you douchebags. And I can have all kinds of cynical feelings about this – the man is a walking brand statement, not an idealist of any stripe – but it was still huge.
The conversation has shifted. We haven’t won, but fuck we’ve made progress.
Here are more of my favourite voices.
Tove recalls her own experiences with the police and rape culture – including abusive police informant Rob Gilchrist.
A guest poster at The Ruminator recounts their own experience of rape.
Joshua Drummond has a great column in the Waikato Times.
If you want some black humour, No Right Turn covers just how quickly the police will respond if they’re the targets.
And this post of mine on police recruitment campaigns has seen a bit of traffic recently.