Rape Supportive Culture is a term or concept used to describe a culture in which sexual assault, rape, and violence is common and in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media normalize, excuse, tolerate, or even condone sexual assault and rape. Examples of behaviors commonly associated with rape supportive culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification, rape-apologism and trivializing violence against women and girls. Although this term contains the word “rape,” the concept is meant to encompass all forms of violent behavior (stalking, sexual harassment, sexual assault, molestation, street harassment, voyeurism/peeping, etc.)
Why is it important to understand and name RSC?
An understanding and analysis of RSC is a critical starting point for prevention education efforts and programming to address sexual assault because it begins to expose the ways that violent culture on campus is supported and sustained by common daily interactions.
Examples of RSC from US culture:
Advertising media is a quick and easy place to look for examples of RSC. Here are a few examples:
Glamorization of violence against women:
These images are problematic because they glamorize physical violence against women.
Glamorization of violence dead female bodies:
Making light of sexual violence:
Sexualization of young girls:
Wanna lean more about RSC?
If the topic of RSC interests you, consider one of the following other resources offered through the WGAC!
> Take a class!
WS397 – Intro to Gender Based Violence in a US Context (formerly SAGE)
> Borrow a film or book from our resource library!
Killing us Softly 4 (film)