No still means no | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

No still means no 

I am responding to Mara Evans' letter (Back Talk, June 7), in which she perpetuates the cycle of blaming the victim of the alleged Duke rape. Evans' letter is a perfect example of why many women fail to report their rapes: They fear people will ultimately blame them for their own victimization. From the beginning of this fiasco, this victim's story has been under the microscope. Her family, reputation, and all aspects of her personal, private life have been a matter of public scrutiny. She has nothing to be ashamed about. She did nothing wrong. She's the victim. She went to a party, for which she had been hired, and was brutally assaulted.

Does Evans, an avowed feminist, believe that sex workers are not entitled to safety and bodily protection due to the nature of their jobs? Does she believe that sex workers are as deserving of respect and dignity as any other working individual? The "behavior" at which Evans wags her puritanical finger was not what "caused" this rape to occur. What caused this rape were a group of men who have no respect for women, no respect for the word "no," and no respect for those outside their racial or economic bracket.

I, too, am a politically progressive feminist and I am dedicated to ending sexual violence. We cannot continue to place the blame with victims. We must place the blame squarely where it belongs: with the people who perpetrate these violent, disgusting crimes--and only them.

While many may not approve of this woman's job, the fact remains that no one is responsible for their own rape; no matter what their profession, what area of town they were in, what they were wearing or whether or not they were alone. Distrust any "feminist" who tells you otherwise.

Courtney Barbour

Carrboro

Latest in Letters to the Editor

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Comments

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding …

by Sue Mixson on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Emma Laperruque and your response to this situation have been very unprofessional. Seeing the way both your organization and she …

by TayWoo on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

  1. Blast from the Past. (Peripheral Visions)

Most Recent Comments

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding …

by Sue Mixson on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Emma Laperruque and your response to this situation have been very unprofessional. Seeing the way both your organization and she …

by TayWoo on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Please, Mr. Keen, inform us on what kind of person Hilary Clinton is. But please leave out the innuendo, unsupported …

by GorSun on Smug Revisionism (Letters to the Editor)

Thank you cleverweist1 and Cristel Gutshchenritter Orrand for the opportunity to stand up for what I believe in as a …

by half full on A Massive Scar (Letters to the Editor)

Mr Pollock makes some good points .
Noam Chomsky and Ron Paul have similar views on wars we have waged …

by CHHS Tiger on History you won't like either (Letters to the Editor)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation