At 14, Mae Gayle Daltons’ friend was sexually assaulted by an ex-boyfriend — on the grounds of a local middle school.
Her friend was punished more severely than her abuser.
Rape culture is defined by feminist theory as the belief that “rape and sexual assault are pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.”
Emilie Buchwald, author of “Transforming a Rape Culture,” believes it to be “a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.”
This belief is perpetuated by those who believe that a woman’s clothing and behavior is intended to gain a man’s attention, and that it is the victim’s fault for the physical attack.
Dalton’s campaign is “about changing minds” on what is and isn’t appropriate behavior from men toward women, “and showing them what’s actually happening,” Dalton said.
According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), people between ages 12 to 34 are at the highest risk for sexual abuse — and 82 percent of teenage victims are girls.
“Perpetrators of sexual violence are less likely to go to jail or prison than other criminals,” according to RAINN.