Nina Burleigh: Time to Talk About Misogynist Bullying
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If you see something, say something. That paranoid punch line of a public service campaign has worked: nobody looks the same way at a stray backpack on the subway, and we just might call the cops.
Sadly, the same adage doesn't apply to young American men and women watching guys strip and violate a drunken (or sober) female.
By now, we've all absorbed the main lesson of Steubenville: the dehumanization of the female is so pervasive that young people will stand by and not just watch rape, but laugh at it, video it, tweet it, post it to Facebook, and try to cover their tracks when police investigate.
And yet, in just the last month, two more horrific events of the same type have hit the headlines. In Torrington, Conn., townspeople are supporting high school football jocks accused of statutory rape. And up in Canada, a high school girl committed suicide after her gang rape was videotaped.
Researchers believe group sexual assaults are on the rise, especially among young
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