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I Don’t Believe You, I Do

A powerful perspective on sexual assault and, in particular, the Bill Cosby issue. Thank you to Val of QBC_Tilted Tiara for writing such a thought-provoking post. Reblog!

15 thoughts on “I Don’t Believe You, I Do”

    1. Christy Birmingham

      Val is such a talented writer, indeed! Sue, so nice of you to read back through my posts and I really appreciate it!

  1. Hi Christy,

    Thank you for posting a very thought-provoking post on sexual assault. It is unfortunate that women who have been raped are further victimized with the insinuation that they brought this upon themselves. This article brought to mind the House GOP’s attempt to redefine rape under the guise of limiting government abortion funding. This new definition would exclude women who are drugged or incapacitated by alcohol, statutory rape, or incest. Under this definition, Bill Cosby’s allegations would not be constituted as rape.

    Another controversy brought to mind is when Katherine Hnida told Sports Illustrated that she had been raped by one of her teammates at the University of Colorado in 2000 and sexually harassed on other occasions. She was one of several women who reported being assaulted by members or recruits of the Colorado football team during this time. Colorado coach Gary Barnett denied Hnida’s allegation in a statement and criticized Hnida’s abilities as a player. It took a lot of courage for Katherine to report this, but she was also discredited for coming forth.

    A lot of this mindset about rape is ingrained in our culture, as evidenced by the percentage of women who do not report rape based on this article. Hopefully, this will change with more education and people speaking out

    Best wishes,

    1. Christy Birmingham

      Linnea, You brought up such an important issue here. If there is a stigma associated with victims of sexual assault, then those unreported numbers of women who have been raped is only going to increase. It’s unfortunate that many women are further victimized by society. Change takes time but I hope it comes soon xo Thank you for your impressive comment here.

    1. Christy Birmingham

      I figure sharing Val’s post can only help bring awareness. It’s not an easy topic, by any means.

  2. Brava Christy for reblogging this wonderfully, sad truth of a blog. There is much buzz on the Cosby issue, still labelled as ‘allegations’. Perhaps when women in numbers begin to speak up everywhere, voices will be heard. Reblogging is another means of shouting out. <3

    1. Christy Birmingham

      Thanks, Deb. I wish he would say something about it… the silence is not so easy to take.

  3. As a man my heart goes out to all victims of sexual assault and I must add I feel shame when the perpetrator goes without being held accountable. I am not in a position to judge, never have been and never will be. Years past our justice system would have dealt with accusations in a just manner, unlike today.
    Too those who do step forward and face the wrongful opinion of the public I applaud you for your strength and courage. It is because of you the truth comes fourth and these individuals are brought to justice. Keep up the fight…

    Hugs Christy for bringing this to light…

    1. Christy Birmingham

      Hi Rolly, Yes, it’s important for victims (women and men) to come forward. However, what is sad today is that they are not always believed. I hope that changes in time. Your comment is appreciated!

    1. Christy Birmingham

      Yes, it’s sad that victims aren’t always believed. Education is so important. I appreciate that you read and commented here, as it is a tough subject. Talk soon, Carol :)

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