Just to clarify Dave, rape culture doesn’t only refer to the people who perpetrate rapes. It refers to the pervasive culture that tolerates it via blaming women (what were you wearing?), not giving much punishment to many who are convicted of the crime, and refusing to prosecute even blatant offenses.

“But rather than being outraged that these young men were so heartless and depraved and that they took advantage of someone who was vulnerable, the community rallied around the boys. Overwhelmingly, they believed that the boys shouldn’t even be charged with a crime. After all, these White, upper-middle-class boys had their whole lives ahead of them. The unspoken subtext was that they shouldn’t have their futures ruined for something as trivial as brutally raping a girl who had no way to defend herself. And then bragging about it. And then planning to do it again. And then planning to film it…….”

That’s rape culture, right there! As is this:

“When interviewed for the Amber Wyatt story, former Fort Worth Police Department sergeant, Cheryl Johnson, said it was common practice to not pursue cases or for grand juries not to indict, despite strong evidence of a crime.

“We had cases where there were photographs and confessions from the suspects that were no-billed,” Johnson told me in 2015 in the tidy living room of her Fort Worth home. One case in particular stuck with her: A man admitted to giving a woman drugs that would render her unconscious — and then raping her after she had passed out and photographing the act. The victim was sent the photographs of her own rape, which she turned over to police. Still, the grand jury decided not to indict.”

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