Caption: She was on her own, so I made my move… and told the guys hassling her to back off. They were really crossing the line. (Taken from the ad campaign Make Your Move! in response to Missoula being named the “rape capital of the US”. It’s definitely an interesting twist, I think!)
“They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean… I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone,” said a 13-year-old girl as part of a new study examining why 60% of sexual violence incidents go unreported.
The answer turned out to be as simple and as disturbing as the 13-year-old’s statement: It’s because teen girls “regard sexual violence against them as normal,” the researchers reported.
Why would teen girls think violence against them was normal? The researchers found four trends among all the teens’ answers. First, the girls believed that men are unable to control themselves and so it’s the girl’s job to endure, ignore or deflect unwanted sexual advances. The girls also didn’t understand what sexual violence was, thinking it was only heterosexual forcible rape. In addition, they reported not trusting male authority figures and worried that other girls would label them a “whore” or “slut” if they made it into a big deal.