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Rape Culture

We discuss the documentary, “Roll Red Roll.” The film explores rape culture, toxic masculinity, and online bullying following the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012. Two star members of the local high school football team were found guilty of the crime. Their convictions came after many critics blamed their school for trying to protect the popular team and its members.

This hour, we discuss the forces that lead to teenage sexual assault, victim blaming, and how to help survivors. We also talk about if and how the Steubenville case would have been handled differently in the era of #MeToo. This conversation is a preview of an upcoming screening of the film and a panel discussion at MCC. In studio:

  • Allison O’Malley, CEO of RESOLVE
  • Christine Plumeri, professor of sociology at MCC, and program coordinator for MCC’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program
  • Lauren Berger, training coordinator at RESTORE
  • Jack Brennick, co-founder of RESOLVE’s Stand Up Guys program

Surrogates of Donald Trump have broadened their explanations for why Trump's boasts of sexual assault are not a big deal. Ben Carson lectured a CNN anchor that maybe SHE is the problem, because she hasn't heard men talk like that. And former New York State Lieutenant Governor Betsy McAughey said that rap music has worse lyrics, so can't we focus on that?

Our panel discusses the impact of a presidential candidate who assesses women almost entirely on looks, and seems to assume that his power gives him the right to treat them as he pleases. In studio:

A rape case in California has sparked outrage across the country.

20-year-old Brock Turner, a former student athlete at Stanford University, was found guilty in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a party in January 2015. He was sentenced last week to six months in jail and three years probation. The judge said, "A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."

Critics denounced the sentence as lenient, and the victim and her supporters have spoken out against the inequalities of the legal system. They say the case was marred by male and class privilege. Would Turner have received a different sentence if he was not a white star athlete at a distinguished university? And how does this case fuel perceptions of rape culture? We discuss these questions with our guests:

Tackling "Rape Culture" on College Campuses

Nov 21, 2013

On this week’s Need to Know Rochester we examine work being done by local students to help put an end to what’s being called “rape culture” on college campuses.  Also on the show - a discussion on the impact of airline rates on the Rochester economy. And we’ll meet a quadriplegic hunter on a mission to ensure the physically challenged in our area can enjoy some of their favorite outdoor sports, like hunting.