Friday 20 January 2017

Carol Hunt: We seem to be heading for a vile gender war

The Steubenville rape case is an example of an entire society colluding in a huge human-rights evil.

Published 24/03/2013 | 05:00

IT wasn't about the sex. It never is. If it was, they wouldn't have dragged her from place to place, publicly displaying her near-naked body, like a trussed up Thanksgiving turkey. It's about control, power, status and ritual humiliation. It's about the dehumanisation of young women – an entire gender – and the evil that a whole society colludes in.

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It's about normalising rape culture.

Last week, young sporting studs Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were convicted of driving a teenage, comatose girl from party to party, during which time they raped her, degraded her, filmed her and encouraged friends and strangers to join in the fun.

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