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Dangerous Trans: All the Sudden Interested in Rape Culture

This week we saw a man get six months in a county jail for raping an unconscious woman. This week we saw the Pope find it necessary to clarify that Bishops can be fired for, “negligence of bishops in the exercise of their functions, especially in cases of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults.”

In 2015, the Department of Defense reports there were more than 6,000 reports of sexual assault in the military. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) says, “Every 107 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.”

National outrage, right? Not so much.

Number of sexual assaults committed by trans people in public bathrooms? Zero.

National outrage? Totally.

When they say you should be afraid of me or people like me, or people pretending to be like me; please take a good look at who they are protecting. Rape culture in this country is undeniable, inexcusable and intolerable.

Yet instead of addressing centuries of violent crimes against women and men, girls and boys, they create a myth about vulnerable people who are simply trying to live authentically.

It tells you where they stand. Make no mistake — they are not interested in protecting women and girls. They are interested in trying to get people not to see what’s really happening.

Might be about time to ask a few simple questions: Why don’t people like Governor McCrory in North Carolina want us to see rape culture? Why are they so interested in making the country look at transgender people in bathrooms? Why isn’t the mainstream media calling them out?

That last question is a doozie. Why isn’t the mainstream media calling out the obvious hypocrisy of the all-of-the-sudden concern about transgender people?

The answer is even more frightening than the question, I think. There are many other things the mainstream media fails to report — peaceful black protests, climate change, corporate subsidies, an overtly racist presidential candidate — to name a few.

We have some serious problems in the United States of America, today. People who are transgender are not one of the problems.

In the time it took me to write this column — about 30 minutes — 16 Americans were sexually assaulted. Seems to me like we ought to have more of a problem with that.

© June 10, 2016, Stephanie Mott

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