CONTENT DISCLAIMER: This article mentions sexual assault and rape.
Chanel Conto just asked survivors of sexual assault what their alleged rapists are now doing, and alarmingly no one could say their abuser was in jail or paying for their crime.
Last night in an Instagram carousel, Contos shared where hundreds of sexual assault survivors said their abusers have found themselves in life since they raped them.
Surprisingly, several claimed that their alleged rapists were still in the same careers as when they sexually assaulted them. These careers included working in the military, in a bank, as a doctor and lawyer, and often in senior positions. A survivor also claimed that their alleged attacker “won medals at the Olympics”.
“He was an Uber driver and I always check his profile to see if he still drives, he is,” said another.
Another survivor explained how easily these abusers can carry on with their lives when their victims are crippled by the trauma of rape: “He’s in a long-term relationship. I still haven’t had sex since the rape.
This is very scathing stuff. And, not only does all of this prove how systematic rape culture is and how ‘normal’ people can also be perpetrators, it also shows how often these perpetrators continue to thrive in the same careers they have had. used their environment to perpetrate in the first place.
As Contos explained in the post: “What this shows us is that we live in a society where rapists are not held accountable for their actions.
“Our society is structured in such a way that people with the same personality traits as opportunistic rapists are rewarded in their careers for things like their ‘determination’, ‘ambition’ and ‘confidence’.
“To change the rape culture we live in, where rapists are allowed to live without consequences, we have to accept that ‘normal’ people are capable of sexual assault. Just because someone is a doctor, teacher, politician, or sports star doesn’t mean they can’t rape. You know a sexual assault survivor and you know a sexual assault perpetrator. Act in consequence.”
In June, Chanel Contos revealed how many anonymous reports of sexual assault she had heard were perpetrated by private schoolchildren. His work led the Queensland government to introduce an explicit consent education program for students as young as ten. You can read more about his campaign to teach Appropriate Consent Education in Australian Schools here.
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