In the past year the topic of sexual assault has been common, regular and often.
There's much to say about sexual assault but not much seems to do any good. Sexual assault has probably been committed since we showed up on the planet.
There are the usual blah blah blahs. Simple ideas are given as to why sexual assault continues to occur. The common excuses and blame go on forever and are repeated. In Alberta, we've had a judge lose his position as he asked a complainant why she didn't keep her legs together to prevent an assault.
The law does not seem to come up with a practical process of dealing with sexual assault in the courts. The complainant is forced to defend herself from various lame accusations. Women are reluctant to report assault as the court process is demeaning and not highly reliable or successful.
So sexual assault goes on and there at very few convictions so males fell that the odds are very good that they can get away with things.
Over and over we hear about education and talking. Men and women talking?
Boys, it's time men talked to men. Yes, men talk now . They brag about assaults and egg each other on. Donald Trump is one who openly brags and laughs about his assaults. He gets away with his actions and those assaulted carry the pain of the assaults. Talk is dismissed as locker room talk so it's harmless. Too many clowns go out and walk the talk and assault. This same locker room talk gives many males the idea that assault is funny.
Men commit the assaults. It's up to men to talk to one another about sexual assault and get it through their heads that it's disgustingly wrong. . It's up to men to control the flippant joking about sexual assault. It's up to men to call each other on yakking about sexual assault and how funny it would be. It's up to men to talk to each other and realize how harmful the assaults are. Men have to step up and take a stand. It won't be easy. The bullies will make it difficult.
Men have got to get serious and take responsibility for sexual assault. No one is out there asking to be assaulted.
Maybe, just maybe, the many people making accusations now will have some effect on the rate of sexual assault.