“Yes means Yes and No means No!”

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Caption: Elena, Cyrene and Heather at the Rally

By Sam Navin

Enraged feminists and women’s rights advocates took over the streets of Brisbane’s CBD to raise awareness about the prevalent Rape culture.

Styled on the SlutWalk events, the rally was organized by a group of feminists who came together in support of one another, and to demand an end to sex-shaming and victim-blaming.

During her speech, Ms. Rachael Jacobs, a women’s rights campaigner and the 2013 Greens candidate for Brisbane, expressed her dismay that in our society the victims of rape are blamed more than the perpetrators.

“By addressing this issue, we might not be able to change the whole concept of rape, but we can change the culture by doing what we are doing,” Ms. Jacobs said.

The event, which was open to all genders, attracted around 100 people who marched through the streets of downtown Brisbane shouting “However we dress, wherever we go; Yes means Yes and No means No.”

Ms. Shannon Jay, a 3rd year law and criminology student from Griffith University, firmly believes that safety against sexual violence is a human right.

“I’m offended that someday, I’m going to work for a criminal justice system that supports sex offenders rather than the victims,” she expressed.

Mrs. Lena Marlene, a BA Double Major who also worked as a stripper for 15 years, confessed during her speech that in her profession she has seen all types of men and most men who frequented her place of work were men at their worst.

“I told my parents that I might go down fighting, but I will go down with lots of DNA under my hands,” Mrs. Marlene quoted.

Most men and women at the rally had a personal story to behind their decision to fight against the rape culture, and most people believed that rape culture is a disease that’s engrained deep in the fabric of our society.

Ms. Heather, a stripper, hopes that the rally caught people’s attention so they can realize that rape is a prevalent problem in our society, and hence make a stand against future perpetrators.

“I’ve been sexually assaulted before, therefore this is very personal for me. I can’t walk down the street without being endangered by some man whistling at me or saying ‘oy, nice tits’ so I want to be able to feel safe no matter how I look,” she said.

4 thoughts on ““Yes means Yes and No means No!”

  1. Thank you for bringing to the attention of the self-righteous and indifferent masses that a person’s body is their own and not for consumption without fully conscious and informed consent with bared conditions (which is actually a very small percentage of most sexual encounters)!

  2. andrew

    15 June, 2014

    I dont think the use of rape culture is so much a thing in this country. Yes some work needs to be on the subjct, but as a whole this country does not condone sexual violence.

    You can’t blame the majority for the acts of the minority. A small part of victim blaming needs to remain otherwise you end up with false claims and lives ruined. The person isn’t the victim until ruled by a court of law.

  3. Naomi

    16 June, 2014

    I think your comments Andrew are unfortunately quite common thoughts in our society, which is exactly why this event was held. Rape culture in Australia does exist, very strongly & what we need to do is educate ourselves & one another on why this exists & the foundations of why it exists, such as females being primarily viewed (whether it’s conscious or unconscious as sexual objects, social construction of masculinity & highly common sex “jokes”. Also, a victim is a victim from the point that they are assaulted, raped or harassed. I find it highly offensive that you think someone is not a victim unless “ruled by the court”, this statement is complete victim-blaming, most sexual offences never get to court & if they do it can take years & then often is hard to prove. Also, courts don’t “rule” victims they are there (Or meant to be) for the accountability of perpetrators. I would highly reccomend that you reflect & educate yourself further on this, along with all of our society.

  4. We have commented on rape culture before – http://westender.com.au/drunken-frat-brats-like-bush-turkeys-heat/ and are well aware of the depth of the culture in sport, the military and many other sectors of the community.
    If you have longer comments or analyses please forward them as we will grant them as much space as we can.

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