It’s a hard read, but you know that from the start – just look at the title. What is rape culture? It’s where victims aren’t believed, or are belittled, or are told (or tell themselves) ‘It’s not that bad.’ It’s the comments and gestures and grabbing and touching that are inflicted on girls, and dismissed as ‘Boys will be boys’. It’s the shame that stops victims from sharing, or even believing that their stories are worthwhile.
This collection includes quite graphic stories, it includes poems, it includes stories that tell the stuff around the assaults, before the assaults, after the assaults. It is painful and beautiful and, unfortunately, extremely necessary. I urge everyone to read it. It would be wonderful if every person in society read this, to hear these stories, to share this pain, and hopefully, to make rape culture something we no longer need to endure.