So, apparently now it's possible to be threatened with suspension or expulsion if you file an official complaint about having been raped.
Horrifying, isn't it.
A girl in North Carolina has been told by her university that by filing an official complaint with the Department of Education claiming that the university failed to uphold their duty of care with regards to her attack, she was in breach of the school's code of conduct. Their reason? She was accused of "disruptive or intimidating behaviour".
Things like this just set my blood boiling. How is it that putting in an official complaint through official channels is a breach of anything? No, I can tell you exactly what it is, it's an intimidation tactic, one which I can't believe is still being used in this day and age.
But what can I expect, given the way our society views rape and rape victims.
We're living in an age where the message is don't get raped rather than don't rape. Where people are told that by modifying their behaviour they can stop it from happening, but no one ever seems to address the issue itself.
Don't get me wrong, I think that teaching people these things is important, I just don't like the implied message that if you are raped, then it must be because you did something wrong. Because you dressed provocatively, or drank too much, or walked down that dark street on your own.
Want to prevent rape? Well here's a novel idea, how about not raping people. Seriously, it's that simple. The idea that it's the victim's responsibility to make sure a crime doesn't happen is both insulting and horrifying. No one would accuse a murder victim of being responsible for their own death.
"Oh, if only he'd gotten out of the way of that knife, it wouldn't have happened. It's his own fault, really."
No one has the right to rape another person, I don't care what their supposed excuse is. And if victim blaming isn't bad enough, to then intimidate the person by threatening them if they have the audacity to officially complain is perhaps the most disgusting thing I've ever heard of.
Okay, I'll put the soap box away now.