If the system is perverted by cultural bias, that’s corruption. Intent is irrelevant to those for whom justice is perverted. And how but you put your money where your mouth is and start reading all of those articles I linked and talking to all of the women in your life about their stories? Just because they’ve never spoken to you before about their experiences doesn’t mean they don’t have them. Actually ask them — don’t assume. Ask them in a manner that makes it OK for them to share. I had a friend whose daughter just told her last week about her rape 10 years ago. If a daughter is reluctant to tell her own mother, what makes you think that the women you know would talk about that freely with someone as skeptical and dismissive as you?

With your numbers there’s 75 million sexual assault victims in America alone. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men has been subjected to some form of sexual violence, so that number is probably actually quite a bit on the low side.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store