The biggest myths about rape?
It's about sex.
It's inevitable when drinking.
Boys will be boys.
People who rape just can't help it.
But this Tweet nails the truth about rape.
Rape is about violence, not sex. If a person hits you with a spade you wouldn't call it gardening.
— Little Miss Classy (@MissRedKisss) September 23, 2014
It's not about sex, it's about violence and control.
Sure, spades are used for gardening — but when you use one to attack someone, that's not gardening, that's violence. The same way that using sex as a tool for violence is rape — not sex.
This analogy has been circulating since at least 1997, but holds true today more than every. The dialogue about rape and sexual assault on college campuses is more heated than ever. The White House has made combating sexual violence against women a priority.
Even Vice President Joe Biden is speaking out about rape on campus as part of the White House's "It's On Us" campaign.
It's time to speak honestly about rape.
If it takes a gardening lesson to spark the convo, then so be it.