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(TRIGGER WARNING) It’s Time to Have a Conversation About Personal Responsibility, Rape, and Public Schools!

  • Portrait
  • Greene County, Missouri (Republic School District)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (Memphis Public School District)
  • Jackson Township, Ohio (Jackson Local School District)
  • Bibb County, Macon, Georgia (Bibb County Public School District)
  • Gwinett County, Georgia ( Gwinett County Public School District)
  • University Park, Texas ( Highland Park Independent School District)
  • Richmond, California (West Contra Costa Unified School District)
  • Chestnut Ridge (Ramapo), New York (East Ramapo Central Public School District)
  • Lakewood, Washington (Clover Park School District)
  • Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Public Schools)
  • Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public School District)
  • Henry County, Georgia (Henry County School District)
  • Hillsborough County, Florida (Hillsborough County Public School District)
  • Spring, Texas (Spring Independent School District)
  • Redwood City, California (Redwood City School District)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia City School District)
  • Raytown, Missouri (Raytown City School District)
  • Stubenville, Ohio (Stubenville Local School District)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (Groton School)
  • Dekalb County, Georgia (Dekalb County Public Schools)
  • Pasco County, Florida (Pasco County School District)
  • Portsmouth, Virginia (Portsmouth Public School District)
  • Scottsdale, Arizona (Scottsdale Unified School District)

America has a social climate where when rape occurs, the victim undergoes public attack, and when it comes to the offender, there is usually offender worshipping, weak punishment, or offender protection. That attitude toward rape has unfortunately grown as generations of children enter the public school system in a society where sex is idealized and glorified and rape is trivialized and everyone is eager to teach girls not to get raped but hesitant to teach boys not to rape. However, since 2002, 23 school districts across the nation have had some type of relation to a sexual assault, most often at the school district’s school. Moreover, while each story was different and some were more heinous than others were, most if not all shared common themes where school officials refuse to either acknowledge or acknowledge with limitation. So, is it time to have that conversation about rape and the public school?

However, the most disturbing thing about this unacknowledged crisis about rape culture in public schools is that repeatedly, school officials and defense attorneys were caught denying that rapes and sexual assaults had ever occurred. There seems to be a strong sense of denial that these things do happen in public schools and the fact that officials are refusing to acknowledge and address with seriousness will only allow for further perpetuation of rape culture in America’s public schools. If some type of emergent action is not taken, schools will become less safe and in a culture where teenagers are connected and disconnected at the same time, the conclusions will just grow more heinous.

The fact that 23+ school districts, most within 2009-2012, have had rapes on their campuses is just disturbing and the fact that no real action is being introduced to combat this issue is just as disturbing. Although, whats most disturbing about this entire crisis is that time and time again, even after these crimes occur on campuses, there is no public outreach to tell boys that no always means no, their actions will have consequences that will ruin their lives before they even begin, and that refusing to participate does not make them cowards or punks.


7 thoughts on “(TRIGGER WARNING) It’s Time to Have a Conversation About Personal Responsibility, Rape, and Public Schools!

  1. Again you’ve highlight something that needs to see the light of day, yet it is so difficult to even acknowledge.

    Two years ago I attended a conference called “Development Security and Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?” Here I learned that women and girls have suffered setbacks disproportionately across the board with regard to wages, education and human rights abuses:
    – the 21st century has brought us the objectification of the world;
    – trafficking is the extreme in a norm that is exploitation, squeezing a little more profit from human labor;
    – when you destroy the women, you basically destroy the community;
    – we have enough when we can share;
    – the opposite of abundance is not poverty, it is fear;
    – poverty is a political issue, it is evidence that we are not yet making the right choices;
    – violence against women is the most normalized evil in our world today.

    Why should we think this culture of violence against women does not extend into our schools? Understanding this and then working to change the culture is key to unlocking so many other justice issues. There are lots of other stats & resources @ Wouldn’t it be great to see public schools participating in this event?

    Posted by techkim | January 4, 2013, 10:37 am
  2. Thank you for this. This is fabulous. I do not make resolutions or buckets list for each new year, but I did make myself one promise–not to be quiet anymore about rape, child abuse, or domestic violence, no matter the setting. I will not remain quite anymore. Again, thank you!

    Posted by OneHotMess | January 4, 2013, 11:13 am
  3. Thank you for raising an issue that is often hidden within “male-dominated warrior societies” which objectify and use women as spoils of war/violent competition. I one wonder if a “hidden curriculum” is being followed in schools, and througout US society as a whole…

    Posted by Brent Snavely | January 4, 2013, 2:25 pm
  4. I read about Steubenville moments before finding your post, Jabreel. We need school communities – and communities in general – that teach humanity and care for all. I’m wishing that an outcome of our work will be classrooms and communities free of shaming and predation.


    Posted by Chad Sansing | January 4, 2013, 9:38 pm


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