Readers’ Forum Oct. 24

George Frey
(George Frey)

Sexual assault and #MeToo

Sexual assault is a serious issue. Incidences of rape and sexual misconduct at BYU are not reported by women and men alike because of the shame they feel due to our religious culture. Most LDS members have been taught that having sex before marriage is abominable. In fact, many youth leaders compare a non-chaste woman to a piece of pre-chewed bubble gum. No person deserves to be called that. With this mentality, why is it still inconceivable that LDS people are undeniably hesitant to report that they have been sexually assaulted? Additionally, how can we usher in a new era of acceptance and love to those that have been assaulted? The new #MeToo campaign has been a wonderful tool for many, seeing as all they have to do is simply comment on Facebook. This campaign connects them to every other man and women that has been sexually mistreated. Though this is a step in the right direction, how can we further this compassion and coax many to receive the emotional and physical help they need, but are too ashamed to get? The solution lies in our upbringing. We need to teach the true meaning of the word sexual purity. Instead of scaring teens and children into remaining chaste, we need to instill in them correct ideas of chastity and refrain from shaming them into remaining pure.

Aubrey Nielsen

Declo, Idaho

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