Why march against the latest rape report?
Recently posted on Indymedia:
" The Roastbusters fiasco is another explicit reminder that there are huge problems with the way our society addresses sexual violence. We demand an end to rape and all forms of sexual violence. We demand that survivors of rape and sexual violence are supported, and that those responsible for raping and sexually violating people stop their actions. We demand that this extend to actions beyond examining the police force.
On Saturday 16th of November there will be a national day of action, calling for an end to Rape Culture and to stop groups like Roastbusters from 'getting away with it'.
NOTE: We do not think that physical violence towards rapists is an appropriate solution. Also, no abusive behaviour will be tolerated.
Please do not invite people who have been abusive in the past, as their presence at events can be triggering to survivors"
What does this reaction anticipate achieving?
If physical violence towards rapists is not an appropriate solution,what is?
Let me be clear.
I am against rape and all forms of sexual harrasment.
I can see that such a march might afford a feeling of solidarity to participating women.
It may well give participating males a virtuous feeling.
I like protest marches, they usually make me feel good but sometimes I wonder, is that all they do?
Most rape takes place in the home, in the flat, in the marriage.
How does such a march begin to address that?
Not trying to rain on anyones parade, just asking some questions about shit I care about.
Unless persuaded otherwise,I think the time would be better spent on sitting down together and grappling with the hard questions.
Hearing what;s happened and hammering out some practical on going steps to stop the day to day rape and domestic violence that will be ongoing after the last slogans echo has died away.