Dangerous narratives: How Rhodes’ response to rape culture harms sexual assault victims

By Zodwa Jane*   Content note: this commentary discusses rape culture, sexual violence and injustice.   Last week, the hashtag #RhodesWar exploded onto social media after two student activists at Rhodes University accused the institution of unfairly expelling them (and others) for participating in the #RUReferenceList protests. Rhodes’ response is that these students were not […]
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#RhodesWar and being expelled for protesting rape culture whilst rapists graduate

Rape Culture: A social context that involves disbelieving survivors of sexual violence, casual sexism, and how we view street harassment, catcalling or any sort of sexual harassment as normal or a good way to court women. It also involves trivialising or mocking sexual violence, such as rape jokes. –    Dela Gwala, previous head of […]
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