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The term “rape culture” is being used more and more frequently in social media, public conversation and even the mainstream news media.
Issues of rape culture in the media were addressed in Pomona College Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Project Series 48: #sweetjane” by artist Andrea Bowers on Feb. 27.
Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape.
Over a month has passed since Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond of the Steubenville rape case were found guilty for raping a 16-year-old girl while she was unconscious back in August, 2012.
Mays and Richmond, both football players of Steubenville High School, were sentenced to juvenile detention until they turn 21.