Because she was there that night in the Rum Jungle, because she was twenty and pretty, because she was dancing, she gave “implicit consent” to be a part of the “Girls Gone Wild” video “Sorority Orgy 2,” the cover of which shows girls who look like they’re about 12.
This is what a jury in St. Louis actually ruled yesterday.
Nevermind that she said “No” when asked to show her breasts. Somebody pulled down her tank top for her. She never said yes. She never signed the consent form that so many drunken girls end up signing for those videos (before performing sexual acts/being sexually assaulted in the GGW bus).
This is just our culture, isn’t it, right? Saying that women shouldn’t dress sexy, shouldn’t be drunk or drinking in public, shouldn’t be out dancing, laughing, enjoying themselves, because they’re likely to be victims.
Parading ourselves off and having a good time just shows that we’re giving “implicit consent” to be raped, assaulted and videotaped against our will. This is what our justice system says.
Highly recommended readings:
St. Louis Today for a good summary of the case
–by Tara Cavanaugh