Twitter is the perfect place to shut people down.
For some men, and even some women who shame victims, the issue of consent is apparently a difficult concept to wrap their heads around. Many of those people use the excuse that the victim of a sexual assault was asking for it with their behavior or the way they were dressed, and others claim that if a victim didn’t explicitly say “no”, then that means “yes.”
Twitter user Nafisa Ahmed knew that this was unacceptable and took to the social media platform to explain consent using an extremely simple crime as a metaphor. She started off by expressing her exasperation over the fact that some people just don’t understand how rape is actually bad.
I don't get how rape is so hard to understand for some men. But, if you put it like this, they get it:
— nafisa ahmed (@thatxxv) August 16, 2016
Then she gets right into the typical excuses people make to justify rape.
If someone threatens a victim with violence if they don’t perform a sexual act on/with them, that is still sexual assault. The person has not consented to the assault, they are simply scared for their lives and don’t fight it in order to survive.
A lack of physical evidence does not mean a lack of guilt.
Being unconscious or incapacitated to say the word “no” does not mean that you can use someone’s body however you want.
Even if you just were given “$5” by someone, that does not mean that the friend can barge in and take $5 as well.
Exactly. Nafisa nailed this concept, and honestly, anyone that still can’t understand this is almost intentionally remaining obtuse so that they can still deny that victims are truly victims of a crime.
As another Twitter user shared on their account, just in case there’s still some victim blaming going around:
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