Tag Archives: Stereotypes

Constructing Rape

What can the Scott Kuggeleijn rape case teach us about how we think about sexual violence?

New Zealanders love sport. Cricket and rugby are two sports in particular that are afforded considerable status and occupy a position of national prominence. However, while our professional athletes are revered for their impressive sporting talents, they don’t always all behave in exemplary ways, as some of the evidence presented in the recent trial of Cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn suggests.

The acquittal of Kuggeleijn on rape charges and the discourse surrounding the trial reveals a lot about how we think about sexual violence, the narratives that frame our societal understanding of it, and raises important questions for the future if we are to move toward a safer society for women in particular. Continue reading Constructing Rape

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: The ‘Real Rape’ Stereotype

With thanks to Jehane, who made this photograph freely available with a Creative Commons licence.
Photo: Jehane. Republished under a Creative Commons licence.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, we have the worst rates of sexual violence perpetrated by intimate partners in the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (NZ FV Clearinghouse, 2011). But, despite this shocking statistic, a dangerous ‘real rape’ stereotype exists. This stereotype is a mainstream perception that sexual violence can only be perpetrated by an armed stranger in a dark alleyway. Continue reading Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: The ‘Real Rape’ Stereotype