I am no longer surprised by offensive Facebook groups.
Last month I came across a group calling for the murder of sex workers.
Then a few weeks later I came across another group that listed reasons for punching women in the face like being on your period, refusing a threesome, having an opinion, or even breathing.
Luckily both groups were taken down, but now in their place are two new equally offensive groups:
The “It’s not R.A.P.E. If you scream….SURPRISE” boosts that it gained 78 fans in just 2 days and currently there are a total of 148. There has not been much activity going on in the group but that doesn’t mean it isn’t offensive.
The “No…you were NOT raped by an NFL player” group suggests that too many women make false claims of being raped by famous people. They say “You can’t rape the willing” and that women “obviously put themselves in situations where the only outcome involves sexual relations.”
First of all, no woman is raped willingly; those two words do not go together. Secondly, a woman does not surrender her rights at the bedroom door. The only time that sex should be the “only outcome” is when both parties consent.
Women so often remain silent about being sexually assaulted because they are afraid people won’t believe them or they will be labeled a slut. Groups like this only make it more difficult for women to come forward and tell their stories. Without reporting crimes or bringing charges, rapists remain free to go on and assault other women.
I honestly don’t understand why people create groups like this. I really don’t and I find it even hard to understand why Facebook would allow groups like this to go up on their site.
If we are going to see groups like this pop up consistently, then Facebook needs to create a submissions screening process to eliminate such groups from becoming public.
I go on Facebook to catch up with friends – not to be offended, disrespected, called a liar or slut, or made to feel worthless.
Please report these groups to Facebook ASAP.
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