Crossposted at Ms. Blog. Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last week with a piece describing how…
Much like the backlash of the 1980s and ’90s, today’s rape apologia comes in four distinct, but interconnected, forms: denying the problem exists, blaming the victim, vilifying whistleblowers and turning perpetrators into victims. Below, we outline the ways in which conservative backlashers are attempting to undermine the work of anti-rape activists—and, thankfully, how they’re failing.
The new campus anti-rape movement is the latest effort in a longstanding struggle against sexual violence in the U.S. that African-American women initiated more than a century ago.