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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#iamoneinthree: A call to stand with #RUReferenceList against rape culture

Statement- Wits FMF Feminists *In solidarity with #RUReferenceList: Tuesday 26th April 2016- 1PM- Great Hall steps.* On Sunday, the 17th of April 2016 womyn at the institution currently knows as Rhodes took to the streets of this institution to protest against the institution’s reluctance to deal with sexual assaults on its campus.  These courageous, revolutionary students began […]
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