I was originally going to put this in the actual book review but I decided to separate them because a lot of this is important and needs to be focused on with nothing else.
I will be sharing excerpt from the book so if you haven’t read it, it will give away some of the plot.
There will be discussion of rape and sexual assault
There were a lot of quotes in this book that really stood out to me and I think that due to current events and the Stanford rape case that they were important to point out:
… even if he could collect enough evidence to merit a trial, and even there was a conviction, you could bet it wouldn’t be for very long. In most cases, the victim was still in therapy when the rapist got done serving his sentence.
This is a problem within the justice system. This should not be how it goes. It’s so frustrating that people fail to realize the impact that rape has on victims. Ironically, the ones that don’t are the ones that simultaneously perpetuate rape culture while claiming it doesn’t even exist.
And even though the article was ethical enough to never mention her by name, everyone knew that it was Trixie Stone…who had set this tragedy in motion.
Trixie didn’t start a damn thing. Jason did when he refused to obey the signs that she didn’t want to have sex. Yes, obey because you don’t have the right to another person’s body.
“Just because I said yes before doesn’t mean I couldn’t say no this time…..?” ~Trixie Stone
This is bullshit. Saying yes once doesn’t mean that you can assume that that will be the answer every time. Want more on that, read my post on consent.
You were supposed to be able to say the magic word, and that was enough to make your wishes – or lack of them – crystal clear. But no one ever said yes to make sex consensual. You took hints form body language, from the way two people came together. Why, then, didn’t a shake of the head or a hand pushing hard against the chest speak just as loudly? Why did you have to actually say the word no for it to be rape?
Again, refer to the consent article. You are not obligated to verbally say no. If it’s unwanted its rape. If you’re intoxicated and/or unconcious, it’s still rape. Period
Semantics didn’t matter when you were bleeding between your legs, when you felt like you’d been broken from the inside out, when free will was taken away from you.
If that doesn’t pull on your heart strings then I don’t know what will. This is how victims feel after being raped. If you can’t see the problem with this then I suggest you talk to someone about that.
And on top of that, what about the fact that the judge didn’t put Jason on house arrest because he had a hockey game to play? Or that 13 faculty members at Bethel High School were supporting him but didn’t give a damn about Trixie? Or that Trixie was called “slut,” “whore,” people said she was “asking for it,” and that she only claimed rape because “she regretted a bad decision” That ladies, gentlemen and non-binary conforming people………is rape culture.