Salamishah Tillet and Rape Culture

Salamishah Tillet and Rape Culture


Lynn Carson—A couple of week ago, Dr. Salamishah Tillet gave a lecture on rape culture. You may be noticing a trend in my posts, but that’s only due to the trend in lectures. On campus we have a program called the Center for Select Respect, which deals with domestic violence, abuse, etc., which is pretty new, but also getting lots of cool recognition. They held a conference the first week of October, and in conjunction with the American Democracy Project (another pretty cool program on campus that brings in a variety of interesting speakers throughout the year), they brought Dr. Tillet to lecture. And she was amazing.

She covered a lot of the same things that Laci Green covered in her lecture, but added several new elements to her presentation as a sexual assault survivor. It’s really powerful and, I think, more compelling to hear first hand accounts of widespread cultural issues.

Dr. Tillet also mentioned a book which I plan on putting on my reading list called Sex and World Peace, which suggests a link between sexual assault rates and peace. Her lecture focused primarily on the power that fair treatment and respect of girls around the world can lead to a better world for everyone. She made some interesting connections between the Ariel Castro trial and the George Zimmerman case. Both men committed acts of violence against women earlier in their lives, abused their wives. However, they did not face trial, were not punished for their crimes. Dr. Tillet posits that the crimes they have recently become known for could’ve been avoided had there been repercussions for their earlier violence, which I thought was a really intriguing concept.

Overall, A+ speaker, would recommend.

3 thoughts on “Salamishah Tillet and Rape Culture

  1. It’s really interesting how you bring up the Castro, and Zimmerman cases. Did she mention why these men weren’t tried for their abuse crimes? From what I know a lot of the time it is because the victim doesn’t want to press charges; I wish more people did press charges as they would with any other crime.

    1. I don’t recall her going into specifics, besides a lot of women are scared to speak out against their abusers. It can so difficult when you’ve spent such a long time in fear, basically living under another person’s thumb.

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