WBEZ | rape culture http://www.wbez.org/tags/rape-culture Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Margaret Cho starts a conversation about sexual abuse http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-06/margaret-cho-starts-conversation-about-sexual-abuse-113686 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1106_margaret-cho-624x437.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_95697"><img alt="Actress Margaret Cho attends The L.A. Gay &amp; Lesbian Center's 2014 An Evening With Women (AEWW) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1106_margaret-cho-624x437.jpg" style="height: 434px; width: 620px;" title="Actress Margaret Cho attends The L.A. Gay &amp; Lesbian Center’s 2014 An Evening With Women (AEWW) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)" /><p>Comedian and actress Margaret Cho this week took to social media to talk about a difficult experience from when she was younger. She says that she was raped by an acquaintance and raped and sexually abused by a family member over a period of time.</p></div><p>She started the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&amp;vertical=default&amp;q=%2312DaysofRage&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#12DaysofRage</a>&nbsp;and is also coming out with a&nbsp;song and video called &ldquo;I Want to Kill My Rapist.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-06/margaret-cho-starts-conversation-about-sexual-abuse-113686 Morning Shift: September 3, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/morning-shift-september-3-2015-112826 <p><p>We delve into the big news that broke overnight that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is mulling the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/mayor-emanuel-ask-mega-property-tax-hike-112822">largest property tax increase</a> in modern Chicago history.</p><p>Then, there&rsquo;s just a few more days of summer vacation for a good number of kids who&rsquo;ll be returning to class on Tuesday after Labor Day. Lots of college students are already back at school and did you know the period between fall semester and Thanksgiving for them is called the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-school-year-unfortunately-means-new-accusations-sexual">Red Zone</a>? That&rsquo;s because more sexual assaults happen on U.S. college campuses during that period than at any other time during the school year. We hear why that is and what&rsquo;s being done to help young men <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824">change certain attitudes about masculinity</a> &mdash; attitudes many argue can lead to sexual assaults.</p><p>And there is a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/cps-students-start-production-company-englewood-tech-hub-112823">group of students </a>who attend Chicago&rsquo;s Simeon Career Academy who helped start a web production company. They hope their move encourages other young black students to become entrepreneurs.</p><p>We wrap up the show with the story of Chicago businessman and philanthropist <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-film-focuses-local-leader-who-make-waves-civil-rights-movement">Julius Rosenwald</a>. There&rsquo;s a new documentary chronicling his involvement with Sears, Booker T. Washington and African American arts.</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/morning-shift-september-3-2015-112826 Teaching young men to fight rape culture http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/z center.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sadly, the recent allegations at Notre Dame are all too familiar.</p><p>According to one survey, as many as one in five female college students will experience a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault before she graduates. In most cases, the perpetrator is one of her male classmates. Now, there are plenty of programs, books and self defense classes that set out to teach women how to stay safe on campus. But we rarely hear about what&rsquo;s being done to teach college aged men to not be a sexual predator.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a relatively new program in north suburban Gurnee called &ldquo;Unmasking Masculinity,&rdquo; and its goal is to &ldquo;rebuild what it means to be a man.&rdquo; The program was developed by Danielle Gordon, who&rsquo;s with Gurnee&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.zcenter.org/">Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center</a>. She joins the program to talk more about how young men can change themselves to root out rape and sexual assault.</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824 On Reddit, bullying doesn't stop after high school http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/reddit-bullying-doesnt-stop-after-high-school-108137 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pete_markham_flickr_computer.jpg" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px;" title="Flickr/Pete Markham" />Although no social networking site has been spared from the epidemic of online disparagement known as <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/us/new-york-girl-death" target="_blank">cyberbullying</a>, Reddit has become one of the most popular outlets for such behavior&mdash;and one of the most exploitive.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The controversial &quot;front page of the Internet&quot; has a long history of vile comments leading to ruined lives, as a recent thread <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/the-very-worst-of-reddit-according-to-reddit" target="_blank">created by the Redditors themselves</a> dug up for some much-needed introspection. Some of the worst offenses by past Redditors include identifying innocent civilians as the Boston bombers, sending death threats to rape victims, creating descipable subreddits like r/creepshots and r/jailbait (which have since been removed) and mocking a bearded Sikh woman whose secretly-snapped picture was posted in r/funny for laughs.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Fortunately, the last instance had a transformative outcome: the woman saw the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/09/bearded-sikh-woman-teaches-reddit-a-lesson.html" target="_blank">photo</a>&nbsp;of herself online and left a comment to educate Redditors on Sikh religious tradition, thus prompting the original poster to apologize. But not all cyberbullying situations end so amicably, as the suicides of Internet-tortured teens <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Amanda_Todd" target="_blank">Amanda Todd</a>, <a href="http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pasco/hudson/friends-say-online-bullying-led-to-16-year-old-jessica-laneys-suicide-officials-investigating" target="_blank">Jessica Laney</a>, and <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/society/rehtaeh-parsons-facebook-bullies-anonymous/" target="_blank">Rehteah Parsons</a> clearly show.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Parsons&#39; mother is lobbying for a <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/07/19/pol-joint-cyberbullying-report-rehtaeh-parsons.html" target="_blank">cyberbullying law</a> that will make distributing images of an &quot;intimate nature&quot; &nbsp;illegal without prior consent, so that no one else will have to suffer the Internet slut-shaming that her daughter did after pictures of her rape were posted online. Yet with bullying subreddits like r/cringepics still in existence and horribly racist/sexist/homophobic commentors popping up on practically every other site, how can we stop the cycle? And even more importantly, what can the average person do to make the Internet a better place?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/balpreet-kaur.jpg" style="height: 427px; width: 320px; float: right; " title="This photo of Balpreet Kaur was posted on the r/funny subreddit. Kaur later wrote a comment to explain that her facial hair is a representation of her faith as a baptized Sikh. (Reddit) " /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">For those who face cyberbullying on a daily basis, whether it be ugly comments or unsolicited assault via Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram, know this: anyone who hides behind their computer to spew hate at someone else is a coward, plain and simple.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Trolls&quot; attack out of jealousy, boredom or a pathological need to justify their own insecurities by putting other people down. Ignore them, block them, report them if you have to, just don&#39;t take the bait; they&#39;re not worth it.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Yes, the Internet is far too often used for bullying and hate-mongering; but thankfully, its powers can also be used for good. In 2012, Redditors helped prevent a Maryland teen from committing suicide after she posted a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/18/reddit-cyber-bullying-maryland-high-school-suicide_n_1357067.html" target="_blank">500-word note</a>&nbsp;on the site, and also sent her high school administrators a flood of emails to express their concern. And just a few days ago, Facebook petitions helped free a Norwegian woman<a href="http://jezebel.com/internet-helps-free-norwegian-woman-jailed-for-being-ra-861059133" target="_blank"> jailed for being raped</a> in Dubai.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course, countless other examples of Internet chivalry exist; but we still need more <a href="http://www.upworthy.com" target="_blank">compassion</a>&nbsp;to combat the anonymous hatred, bigotry and proliferation of rape culture that has already claimed so many lives.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Support causes that matter, promote art that is meaningful, and above all, be good to one another. As Aesop once said, &quot;No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer for WBEZ and co-host of&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D2" target="_blank">Changing Channels</a>, a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/reddit-bullying-doesnt-stop-after-high-school-108137