I made this video last year, in response to the acquital of Ulster rugby players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, in the Belfast rugby trial.
The result of the case highlighted how incredibly stacked against rape victims our justice system is, and the highly misogynistic content of the defendants watsapp msgs revealed what many of us already knew, that we live in a rape culture.
It’s been there so long we don’t even notice it.
What is rape culture? The insidious assumptions and biases we overwhelmingly have when it comes to how we talk about men and women.
The fact that out of every 1000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free.
The widespread belief that many women make up false rape allegations (when in reality the proportion of false allegations are under 0.03% of cases), and it is a fact that many many more rapists will walk free than innocent men will be falsely convicted.
The fact that we still (even unconsciously) categorise women as “good girls” or ‘slutty girls”.
The fact that some men still feel like it’s normal to persuade, coerce, and pressure women to have sex with them.
The fact that Robin thicke’s ‘blurred lines’ song was a massive hit just a few years ago. The fact that I didn’t even fully understand at the time why it was so problematic.
The fact that we warn women not to walk home alone at night, because we just accept that men will rape women.
The widespread belief that many women make up false rape allegations (when in reality the proportion of false allegations are under 0.03% of cases).
The fact that there are so many more rapists who will walk free than will ever be wrongly convicted.
The fact that last week, Paddy Jackson was signed on a big contract with London Irish rugby team.