A few months ago, I wrote a post about how rape culture has a strong relation to America’s taxpayer-funded schools. Since, the evidence of rape culture in schools has shown such a strong connection to the existence of rape culture that the truth has become axiomatic. However, that is just the brunt of this issue, the perpetual existence of rape culture in American society has a strong relation to the fact that too many young children do not know what rape is and no one emphasizes how detrimental actions like rape can be for everyone. Too often, this is due to the fact that as soon as the word “rape” becomes a part of the curriculum in the nation’s schools there is some type of backlash, as if it’s something that children should learn about on their own. Although, it is the pattern of how rapes of our youth and who the offenders are that arises the larger question of whether certain academic cultures cultivate that expectation of sadistic righteousness.
Now, when I wrote the first post, I said that 23 cases of rape and sexual abuse had relations to taxpayer-funded schools. Since, that number has risen to 105 cases documented in mainstream media, with the U.S Dept. of Education giving a more sobering figure of 83.33% of RAPES going unreported to law enforcement by schools and school districts while 73.43% of SEXUAL ASSAULTS going unreported to law enforcement by schools and school districts. However, the fact that of those 105 media documented cases, 25 were “gang rapes” and 26 were rapes committed at the behest of a high school athlete, which raises the highest amount of concern. Not because these males were “promising” or because they had “bright futures,” but because somewhere there is an expectation of acceptance for high school aged boys to gang up and “be boys” because of their position or for whatever untold reason.
With figures like those, it’s no wonder why 2 in 10 girls fear being sexually abused or raped at school by another student or why 6 in 10 girls are victims of rape while at school at the behest of another student. Yet, instead of taking these figures and addressing the issue for what it is, we are teaching young girls how not to become victims, which is basically teaching them how to survive in a scenario where they are defenseless and are always at fault for the actions of the uncontrollable. This in its own is nothing more than a state sponsored form of educational neglect and neglect to humanity that dangerously resembles a form of hate crime against females who have promising, bright futures.
However, another issue that often gets left out of sexual education because the majority favoring of abstinence only sexual education, is that too many young girls don’t know what rape is, who to turn to in the event of an rape, and what exactly to do after they become victims of rape. Moreover, for some reason, there is no large emphasis of “see something, say something, do something” when it comes to these types of crimes. Further, in too many cases, do youth stand around or walk by when they witness these types of heinous acts because of the lack of empathy that youth possess today.
Conclusively, our schools are becoming breeding grounds for a sense of excusing for rapes and sexual assaults. Too many youth carry an apathetic sense when it comes to these types of crimes and too many youth do not know what to do in the event of these crimes. This large disconnect in empathy and knowledge is detrimental because it will perpetuate rape culture within global society. There is no reason with numbers like these, for an inadequate response from schools, governments, and from society as a whole. These numbers reflect a sobering reality that there are millions of youth out there who think that rape and sexual assault is acceptable to commit, and for 180 days they all spend hours together in an enclosed setting with increasingly less adults to keep a watchful eye.
No longer can we rely on the apathetic blame game known as victim shaming in response to rape culture…as it will only allow rape culture to consume American culture. No longer can this happen, because that consumption will mark the beginning of a perpetual war against this nation’s young girls and women.
*School= any facility or event sponsored by schools or their districts including bus stops and buses