A group of UNC professors is concerned there is a lack of dialogue about rape — and the dialogue that does exist is infected with stereotypes and negative language.
Three professors from a range of disciplines came together to discuss “(How) Can We Talk About Rape?” on Monday afternoon in the third panel of the four-part lecture series “RAPE: Perceptions, Realties, Responses.”
The speakers included mythological studies professor Druscilla French, whose work with cultural narratives brought a new perspective on rape in society. She discussed issues of labels and blame in communal conversation.
“One could argue blame for either side. If a sexual assault is reported they become labeled as a survivor or predator,” she said.
Journalism professor Barbara Friedman addressed another issue in cultural conversations about rape: those that take place in the media.