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So how about that rape letter? A girl pens down a powerful open letter ‘to the guy at work’

Liz Rudy has written a powerful open letter to all those who think that "this whole thing could have been avoided if she had just been more responsible".

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: June 14, 2016 7:42:56 pm
Liz Rudy writes a powerful letter to all those who think rape is a woman's fault/ Source: Facebook Liz Rudy writes a powerful letter to all those who think rape is a woman’s fault/ Source: Facebook

Brock Turner, a 20-year-old former Stanford swimmer, sexually assaulted an unconscious girl behind a dumpster after a party. He has been sentenced to six months in jail, to which the victim responded with an open letter saying it was a light judgment. Many agreed with her and even slammed Turner’s father’s appeal to the judge, which read that the punishment was too harsh for “20 minutes of action”.

The victim was unconscious and inebriated but that does not mean “she called for it” as some argue on social media.

Responding to similar arguments, Facebook user Liz Rudy has written a powerful open letter to all those who think that “this whole thing could have been avoided if she had just been more responsible”.

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She starts by mentioning her conversation with a male colleague, who holds similar views about the case. But Rudy writes that is sickening how women are often held responsible if they are raped and the reasons given are absolutely senseless.

This is her letter:

Why would you walk alone after dark?
What did you think was going to happen?
Like I don’t think about it
when I pick an outfit from my closet
and look at it like a piece of evidence,
like,
if I get raped when I’m wearing this tonight,
how guilty would it make me?
Like maybe they should mark it on the tag,
60% cotton, 40% her fault.
Like I don’t think about it
when strangers offer to buy me a beer.
Like this is fucking Wonderland
and that bottle says
“drink me”
and my miniskirt says
“rape me,”
like we’re all just making bad choices

She goes on to write how women have to be careful before stepping out of their houses just so they don’t get raped, and how they are always seen in relationship with men as if they cease to exist as individuals.

But first, I need to make sure
that I’m being perfectly clear—
like, “no means no” clear,
like, “an intoxicated person cannot consent” clear,
like, “an unconscious person cannot consent” clear,
like, “sex without consent is not sex, it’s rape” clear,
like, “guilty on three counts of sexual assault” clear.

The letter has gone viral with over 27,000 shares in a week. Read the full letter here.

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