This, right here, is what we talk about when we talk about “rape culture,” that a group of men should be struck senseless in the face of rape, rather than being moved to step in or get to safety and call the police.
As Indian protesters demand justice for a 23-year-old student who died after being brutally gang-raped on a bus in the Capital, feminist-writer-journalist-teacher Anna MM Vetticad tells us that the city’s public spaces remain shockingly unsafe for women.
Tawana Brawley was 15 years old and missing for days when she was found in a trash bag in November 1987. But with no firm evidence and a team of questionably driven advisers behind her, a grand jury ruled that Brawley's gang-rape claims were a lie.
The tensions over whether the victim’s name should be revealed, both in India and beyond, highlight ongoing debates about privacy for victims, especially in the wake of a death, when victims can’t speak for themselves.