- Kelley, Lauren. “America Has a Rape Problem – And Kate Harding Wants to Fix It.” Rolling Stone. 24 August 2015. Web. 26 October 2015.
Background: This article is an interview with Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – and What We Can Do About It. It focuses on what rape culture is and why it is so prevalent in today’s society, as well as key points Harding makes in her book.
How I Used It: I used this to reference the definition of rape culture. Also, I’ve referenced Harding’s points and how they relate to my argument of rape culture teaching girls one thing and boys another thing.
- Gray, Eliza. “Why Victims of Rape in College Don’t Report to the Police.” Time. 23 June 2014. Web. 26 October 2015.
Background: This article is about rape on college campuses, and the way things are handled. It discusses the need of college administrations to have a better way to handle rape cases reported, like not blaming the victim or discouraging them from going to the police. It also provides several reasons why some people who are raped at college do not go to the police.
How I Used It: This article gave me some examples on why students don’t report rape. I used these points to introduce another source, so I did not heavily reference or quote this source. Overall, this source was a way for me to gather a general idea of why people don’t report rapes.
- Rogers, Kali. “I Survived Date Rape.” Her Story. 28 June 2015. Web. 12 November 2015.
Background: This is a personal account of rape. It’s a story of a woman’s experiences in life and how those experiences led to her being raped. She shares that she was raped by a friend, but did not report it to the police.
How I Used It: I used this personal story as proof that a reason for unreported rapes relates to the stigma of rape victims. The personal story helped me realize and demonstrate that the stigma is taught through rape culture.
- Eichelberger, Erica. “Men Defining Rape: A History.” Mother Jones. 27 August 2012. Web. 2 November 2015.
Background: This article is about the history of rape culture. It explains what rape was defined as and how it was dealt with in previous times, and there are some comparisons to the some ideals today.
How I Used It: I used a specific example from the 13th century to introduce marital rape. The purpose of this example was to show how absurd the ideals were in ancient times. The example leads to another source of current times, revealing that absurd ideals are upheld in today’s world.
- “A Guy Talks About Rape From A Man’s Perspective. (And It’s Not What You Think, Either.)” Upworthy. 14 April 2014. Web. 2 November 2015.
Background: This video is a monologue that is an example of a male’s view of rape. It discusses the stereotypes men face when they experience rape and how it differs from those that women go through. Although they are different, it is clear that the experience is just as horrible for men.
How I Used It: The monologue is an emotional example of victim blaming. I used the man’s account of how his classmates made him feel as a different type of victim blaming, revealing that there are many types of victim blaming, and all types are equally as harmful.
- Turner, Natasha. “Rape-splaining: 10 Examples of Victim Blaming.” Ms. Magazine. 28 May 2013. Web. 2 November 2015.
Background: This article is an overview on a specific rape case of a 12-year-old girl and the backlash people shared on the Internet. Specific comments people made are highlighted and analyzed.
How I Used It: I used this article to show the idiotic ideals people have and use to blame innocent victims. This example helps prove my point that no matter how the situation, outsiders always find a way to shame or blame the victim.
- Boardman, Mandy. “My Husband Raped Me.” Time. 29 July 2015. Web. 17 November 2015.
Background: A woman whose husband drugged and raped her for years without her knowledge wrote this article. She discusses the horror and the need to get justice. After her ex-husband was charged with several felonies, he was to serve his time on house arrest. Boardman argues the ridiculousness of the judge’s decision.
How I Used It: I used Boardman’s story to explain that marital rape still happens today, even though it is illegal. And despite the understanding that it is against the law, many people do not take it seriously, like Boardman’s ex-husband and the judge involved with the trial. I used this account as a comparison to the example of marital rape in 1670, as well.
- Matchar, Emily. “’Men’s Rights’ Activists Are Trying to Redefine the Meaning of Rape.” New Republic. 26 February 2014. Web. 9 November 2015.
Background: This article generally discusses men’s rights activists’ opinions on the statistics of rape, and the issue of false rape accusations. The men’s rights movement (MRM) is bringing up issues like consent, victim blaming, and legal standards of proof and how they are complicated, not just black and white. They believe that rape does not occur as much as is stated, and that feminists created hysteria on college campuses.
How I Used It: I used this article to reference the fact that there is such a thing of falsely reported rapes, using the statistic in the article. Also, I brought up the idea that not everyone believes in this statistic to introduce my other references that provide examples as to why they do not believe it.
- Hallett, Stephanie. “Do Women Lie About Rape?” Ms. Magazine. 7 April 2011. Web. 9 November 2015.
Background: This article subtly deflates the premises for which people accuse women of falsely reporting rape. The author uses an example of a casino hostess filing a civil suit against an NFL player, and how people defended the player and claimed that the girl was lying. Also, the article discusses the Philadelphia police department’s reasoning for why 52 percent of rape reports were “unfounded” in 1980.
How I Used It: I used the example of the Philadelphia police department to highlight and discredit their reasons for why women lie about rape. The empty points they make only helped prove my point that there is a lack of sympathy in the system that results in injustices.
- Walters, Joanne. “Sara Reedy, the rape victim accused of lying and jailed by US police, wins $1.5m in payout.” The Guardian. 15 December 2012. Web. 9 November 2015.
Background: This article is about Sara Reedy’s rape and experience with the police department. Reedy was raped while working and was charged with fabricating the story and was sent to jail. In the end, it was revealed that Reedy was truthful and she won a settlement in return.
How I Used It: I used Reedy’s story as another example of how judgment and lack of sympathy results in unfair outcomes for everyone involved.
- Carter, Mike. “Woman sues after Lynnwood police didn’t believe she was raped.” The Seattle Times. 12 June 2013. Web. 9 November 2015.
Background: This article is a story of an 18-year-old girl who was raped and charged with filing a false report. The girls name is left out of the story, but her rape is explained in detail. After being tied up, gagged, and raped, the girl reported the crime to the police, only to later be coerced into recanting the report. Upon this, she was charged and fined by the police. Two years later, police found her attacker, and she filed a civil-rights lawsuit in response.
How I Used It: I used this story as an example police and investigators lack sensitivity when questioning rape victims, which only hurts the situation more. I used this example to show the ideas behind accusing someone of filing a false report must be reevaluated.