Beyond Steubenville: Rape Culture and Complicity

Rape is a culture-wide problem; anyone who does not actively resist rape culture perpetuates it.  I don’t want to write about Steubenville. It’s more that I feel compelled to write about Steubenville. If you don’t know the details, take a look at the coverage by TIME Magazine’s Maia Szalavitz, who asks “How does public exposure affect recovery from a very private, traumatic experience?” Consider the facts: a sixteen-year-old girl was raped by two of her peers, Ma’lik Richmond (age 16) and Trent … [Read more...]

Unplanned Pregnancies in the Military on the Rise

The epidemic of sexual assault on women in the military has far-reaching effects beyond just harming the victim. It damages the military's reputation, discourages potential female recruits from joining, and creates an atmosphere of hostility and repression. Perhaps the most conflicted consequence of sexual assault is the potential for unwanted pregnancies.In CNN's article on a recent study, authors Dr. Daniel Grossman and Kate Grindlay note that the 11% unplanned pregnancy rate in the … [Read more...]

This Should Go Without Saying: Stop Blaming Rape on Women

A culture that accepts or excuses rape even a little is simply not acceptable. It's more prevalent than you think. TRIGGER WARNING This article, and pages it links to, contain information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.Many years ago, I had a professor of mine and his wife over for dinner. He was a visiting theology professor from South Africa and our conversation focused on the ministry challenges there. I was shocked to learn that there were … [Read more...]

Kathy Redmond’s Story is One of Justice, Forgiveness, and Cornhusker Football

I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and college football is the (un)official state religion. When the Cornhuskers play home games, Memorial Stadium becomes the state's third largest city, and that's been the case for a very long time. (The stadium currently holds an NCAA record of 325 consecutive sellouts.) People eat, sleep, and breathe Husker football here, and when the team wins or loses, it can affect the entire state's psyche.This can certainly be a good thing. Even though I'm not a huge … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Conflict of Interest

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them.As the designated "women's issues" writer here at CaPC, I get unofficial dibs on incidents impacting women--which seem to increase in number around election season. Today's news offered me this little gem: A Republican candidate for Senate asserted that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" are practically guaranteed not to get pregnant. The politician, Rep. … [Read more...]