For those of you who keep up on current events you've probably heard of Steubenville by now. The case has been given a lot of media attention and I think this is a perfect opportunity to examine Steubenville as a case-study for rape culture.
We've touched on the concept of rape culture (also known as rape-supportive culture, or RSC) but this week we'll deepen our understanding of the concept and see how it operates in "real life".
Just so folks know what we're talking about, Steubenville is a small town in Ohio where in August of 2012 members of the high school football team raped a young woman. Two of the men were charged with rape and will be spending a minimum of 1 year in juvinile jail.
Sounds pretty straight-forward right? Well if you google "Steubenville" you'll quickly see that the case has been surrounded in controversy because of attempts to minimize the act, cover it up, protect the perps, victim blame, sympathize with the accused, and villify the victim.
We've got a lot to talk about!! Check out this video where a guy recaps the case, then talks about how rape culture enables, and defends the acts: