We live in a society where big media giants like CNN, ABC, and NBC are fostering a rape culture.
We live in a nation where a rape case finally makes it to the mass media, only to be engulfed by rape apologists, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and all around inexcusable words and behaviors that continue to fuel a terribly common fire.
CNN: our notorious apologists, who ignored the victim, only to wallow about how the rapists football careers have been hurt by these rape charges.
ABC News: profiles the rapists, excusing their behavior by discussing their "celebratory mood" or how they were victims of the digital world.
NBC News: lamented the rapists' football careers as "beloved," sighing at the thought of them having to register as sex offenders, and discussing the prospects of less harsh of a sentence.
The victim in the Steubenville rape story, a 16 year old girl now called "Jane Doe," has been lost among a crowd of people, like these big media giants, who are ignorant of just how seriously harmful their actions have been.
We will not apologize for rapists. We will not blame victims. We will not excuse crimes against humanity. We will not shame the victims. We will not nurture sexism. We will not remain a rape culture.
A forced apology means little when there is no action. CNN, ABC News, and NBC News, we want and need an on-air and written commitment to creating, promoting, and airing an adequate program on your channels discussing rape culture, what it is, and how we can end it.
It should cover the sources of rape culture, what fosters a rape culture, how we can teach people what consent is, how we can teach people what rape is, how we can help people (of both sexes) not fear reporting their rape, how the only person at fault in rape is the rapist, what victim-blaming is, what slut-shaming is, and what people can do locally to promote a better environment for themselves and their children against sexual assault.
This is your responsibility as influential people. This is what we need. Don't promote a violent culture. Choose education. Choose love. Choose change.