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Is Megan Stammers a victim of rape culture?

by | 1st, October 2012

MEGAN Stammers is back in the UK. Emily Forrest is clearing Jermey Forrest’s stuff out of the couple’s martial home in Ringmer, East Sussex. Jeremy Forrest is under arrest for child abduction.

Not everyone is au fait with the law.   Amanda Bancroft tweets:

Just   seen   some   old   dear   suggest  “ Megan   Stammers   should   write  the   book  ‘ How   I   ruined   my   maths   teacher s   career ‘.”   What   a mindset !

Matt Dowe ‏@MattDowe7  offers:

Megan   Stammers   victimised   in   press Though   at   15   I   suspect   she knew   what   she   was   doing Should   also   be   in   custody Forrest s   life  ruined .

You can bone up on the  sexual offences act .

Quiet Riot Girl  takes a view on how the Stammers-Forrest  case has been presented by some as a sign of “rape culture”. Before that, we hear from  Amanda Bancroft :

This level of victim blaming is not, sadly, unusual in crimes relating to women and girls. Victim blaming is even more so prevalent when scenarios would appear to involve sex, as this one, prima facie, does.

This is rape culture. Rape culture is a ‘concept used to describe a culture in which rape and sexual violence are common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media normalize, excuse, tolerate, or even condone sexual violence.

Examples of behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification, and trivializing rape’ (Wikipedia).

The problem with rape culture is it allows certain people, and indeed institutions, to turn a blind eye. It is rape culture which lead social services in Rochdale to write off girls who were being raped, sold and sexually exploited, as ‘prostitutes’.

Quite Riot:

I recently reviewed an edition of the Gender and Educaiton journal which does just that. In their discussions of the  ‘sexualisation’ debates  in our culture, including the 2011 Bailey Report, the journal authors

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