Why do men think it’s okay to grab women’s bodies without a consent? Especially men in powerful and authoritative positions, men who should be setting a respectful and good example for people in the nation, but instead do the opposite.
Why are women who stand up to men like Donald Trump vilified by his supporters? Why did some people believe a man who bragged about sexual assault on video tape over a dozen women making the same complaint? Because society has fostered a mindset that men can get away with assaulting women. The GOP politician who was recently arrested for this exemplified this perfectly by saying that no one would believe the women over him.
What does this do? This sends a message:
- to men that sexual assault is okay; you won’t be punished for it; that women ask for it and don’t need your help.
- to women that you should feel attractive and wanted when someone assaults you and if you complain no one will believe you anyway, thus decreasing the number of reports made.
Women spreading their concerns about this issue isn’t enough anymore. Men need to raise their voices in support of women, especially those who have some influence over the people. They need to protect the women they love and women as a whole that they won’t stand for this behavior.
This isn’t a post vilifying men. The only men who should be vilified are those who commit these horrendous crimes and then think they can get away with it. There are lots of good men in this world who don’t deserve to be generalized for the actions members of their gender commit. To reiterate my point, I’ll say it again: they do need to stand up for women. If you see someone being harassed, please speak up.
With a man like Donald Trump as President, who knows what will happen to women? But if men and women unite in a common cause to protect this from happening, it might help spread the idea of consent and how to properly treat women.