An abstinence-only until marriage program in Ohio is teaching boys how to get away with rape. On the website for “Abstinence ‘Till Marriage,” kids can enter the Party Room, where they read a story about Rochelle, Jason, Monica and Tanner, each of whom tells his or her perspective about what happens during and after a party one night.
Rochelle says she gave her drunk friend Jason a ride home, when he rapes her. Jason says the sex was consensual. According to Monica and Tanner, Jason was drunk all night, and Rochelle is known to sleep around. The site then asks “Based on all accounts, whose story sounds the least credible?”
Rochelle is the “correct” answer.
“Unfortunately, we are left judging (Rochelle’s) honesty by her character and her actions”… “Monica implied Rochelle had a promiscuous reputation and the whole school seemed to know it.”
Additionally, re: Jason:
“Alcohol makes people less inhibitive. Jason was extremely vulnerable to his circumstances.”
To date, this program has received $1.8 million, and is set to receive another $1.8 million in the next three years. We, the citizens of the United States, are subsidizing rape apologism and rape denial. This program is teaching girls they lose credibility if they are not virgins and happen to be raped. It is teaching boys to prey on “slutty” girls, because they’ll be believed over their victim(s). The programs are validating the sickness of rape culture, on OUR behalf.
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