Let’s Talk About Rape.
How does that sentence make you feel? It makes me feel confronted and uncomfortable. It makes me feel scared and uncertain. It makes tears prickle behind my eyes and the hairs stand up on my arms. And yet, it also makes me feel bold and, perhaps, even somewhat secure. Rape is never easy to talk about. Not in any circumstances, not to anyone, not ever. But talking about rape is definitely better than not talking about it. Rape happens. Frequently. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. We’ve tried that and it clearly hasn’t helped. Anyone. Except rapists, that is. Silence aids them to continue their behaviour, makes them believe we’re all OK with what they do and protects them from the consequences of their behaviour. It’s time we learnt to talk about rape.