Unless you don’t fall into the millions who have accounts on social media, and/or don’t pay attention to international news you won’t have heard of the Stanford Rape case that has recently taken place.
This week has seen a positive effect of social media. I spoke about a negative side to social media in post about Hate Reading. But, this time a victims story was heard, recognised and shared-an many pushed for her justice.
Social Media has erupted and people are using the loud voice that these apps have given them, to share their thoughts on the judgement and sentencing given.
A Student and member of the elite swim team at Stanford University sexually assaulted a fellow female student, while she was unconscious due to excessive alcohol consumption, in front of witnesses. His punishment; six months in jail.
The last few years have revealed that American Universities have a serious lack of fair dealing of cases of sexual assaults on campus. One could say they even brush the matter under the rug.
Now o.k yes I don’t attend a U.S college nor have I ever lived in the U.S so I don’t really know first hand what goes in these colleges, but the stories the press has published over the years, detailing the horrific rape accounts and astonishing ways in which these victims were not protected by their college leaders, instead made to feel like they were the problem, an inconvenience to the University, creating unwanted hassle.
How do we change this? Because the issue here isn’t just how colleges deal with these matters, but how the world deals with these matters. Abuse of any kind to the woman is not always met with justice.
Look at Amber Heard. She announces that she has been physically assaulted by her husband, actor Johnny Depp and the world shuts the door in her face, labelling her a liar, gold digger etc…
No one believes that the charismatic, handsome, popular man could ever do such a thing. NEWS FLASH no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. It’s been released by the media that Depp has had a problem with alcohol and drugs. We all know we’re capable of doing a lot when under the influence of these.
Of course he’s family will defend him, and ya innocent until proven guilty-sure, I mean that’s fair. But where’s fairness when it comes to Heard. Why is she being made to feel like the evil one in this situation. Ya maybe she’s lying and just after his money. Or maybe she really is a woman who feels vulnerable, scared and deeply hurt from being seriously let down by the person who is supposed to love her, protect her and care for her.
Something needs to change. We HAVE to stop making it out that girls should dress differently to avoid giving guys the wrong idea. To not walk home alone because ‘their just asking for it then’. To stop fearing to speak up because they might be labelled liars.
The media play a big role here. They’re our biggest influencers.
Just because he doesn’t look like an abuser doesn’t mean he isn’t one. Just because he has money doesn’t mean she’s lying to profit.
Instead of getting on the hate bandwagon, maybe ask yourself.
What if it happened to me? What would you do? What would you be afraid of?
Perspective is key in this world. Always try to put yourself in another situation before you comment on another person’s actions.
And also. Be courageous. Whatever the possible outcome stand up for yourself. Stand up for someone else. Don’t ever let someone tear you down, make you feel worthless or less of a person than you are.
I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. But I’d still like to thank the victim of the Stanford Rape case for coming forward. She spoke up. And now there’s more talk. There’s change. There’s a difference. I applaud this woman. And so should you.
Thanks for reading.
Let me know your thoughts are below!
p.s check my twitter for a link to the video the cast of ‘Girls’ made dedicated to the victim. A powerful piece of women standing together-love it!