Nick Kristof has written a phenomenal piece on the dangers of rape culture on college campuses in the U.S - of what to do when the rapist doesn't see it as rape. He acknowledges the danger of false accusations, but also says they make up between 2 and 10% of all rape cases. Kristof recommends legal solutions - prosecute aggressively, while recognizing that sexual encounters are complex, ambiguous, and often complicated by alcohol. He also recommends cultural solutions: engendering blunt conversations among men and women about consent, alcohol, and intervening. An important article and good suggestions.
ONE of the fundamental challenges is that the word rape conjures a mental image of a stranger jumping out of bushes. Sure, that happens. But most sexual assault happens among acquaintances. We flinch at the truth that most rapists are less likely to point a gun than to proffer a plastic cup of booze, that they charm and kiss before they menace. That’s why men must be a part of these discussions, for it’s a failing of all society that men like Frank are unaware that they are rapists.