“Too Ugly to Be Raped”

There are over 158 million women in the United States.

Just over 4 million of us live in New York City.

Over 5 million of us are stay-at-home moms .

Over 10 million of us have a Master’s degree.

And 17.7 million of us have been raped.

One in 6 women in the United States are sexually assaulted or raped during their lives.  If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to be raped than get breast cancer.

Every two minutes, a woman or girl over the age of 12 is sexually assaulted, according to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

60% of these attacks are not reported to police.

And 97% of rapists never spend a single night in jail.

In my academic life, I’ve written a lot about rape, addressing things such as the roll of the media in perpetuating the myths that lead to victim blaming, the way rape has become a tactic of armed conflict in wars across the globe, and how in many of those conflicts the female body has been strategically commandeered as a weapon of war.

Rape is still poorly misunderstood and the way we misunderstand it perpetuates and facilitates it.

Today I came across this video on Upworthy.  Pages Matam overheard a conversation on a bus, a conversation not unlike those I’ve heard, those we’ve probably all heard.  And then he went to the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston and performed “Piñata”.  This piece of slam poetry is more effective in 3 minutes than anything I have ever written.

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