Bruma rabu wrote:This whole thing is just... shit. Honestly the whole thing seems shady to me. If this has been happening for years why is this only now being addressed? Part of me thinks this was just some way for news sites to get clicks. They decide to drop these claims on the movies opening week and use "Dragon Ball" in their headlines. Bullshit. In today's political climate and hype surrounding DragonBall, talk about the perfect storm.
Ok fine, here's a genuine and wholly non-acidic answer:
People have been talking for page after page about this very point, and have even linked to a number of helpful articles to better explain and provide insight
into why most victims don't report sooner.
And if those aren't enough for you, here's even more further reading on the matter:
The tl;dr version: very oftentimes, lots of people - culturally speaking - have a tendency to disbelieve the accusations of sexual assault victims (very oftentimes when they're women particularly) up front and lean toward taking the side with the accuser (very oftentimes when its a man particularly); often they will then make excuses for the accused and be more worried for their "reputation being tarnished" than they're worried for the actual physical and/or psychological/emotional damage done to the victim by the assault. And thus they'll turn an obscene degree of scrutiny, mistrust, and suspicion onto the victim rather than the perpetrator, leading most sexual assault victims to feel publicly shamed, humiliated, and despised for ever coming forward at all in the first place.
Most women who've been assaulted, broadly speaking, see what happens in our culture to other women who come forward and internalize it as "nope, I can't go through that" and just bottle up what happened to them: sometimes for years and years and years, until it rips them apart internally.
That's actually kind of the irony here: the people who cling to this (in their mind, "fair" and "even handed") notion of "I don't want to be part of a mob mentality" when they err on the side of the accused/perpetrator rather than the victim... they themselves often DO end up being part of a "mob mentality", only one that is in knee-jerk defense of the accused/perpetrator and hostility towards the victim.
Hence, to those people in this thread who are knee-jerk defaulting to "I don't believe it when someone cries sexual assault: I'm on the accused party's side until I see hard evidence - innocent until proven guilty!": you are in fact contributing to a VERY serious problem that makes it so that most rape and sexual assault victims don't come forward for years and years in the first place.
Its a vicious circle: the public turns the guns of scorn, shame, and overzealous scrutiny onto people who come forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted, which in turn scares off OTHER victims of sexual assault from coming forward for years and years... and when they finally DO come forward, out come the armchair "skeptics" who simply end up validating the victims' fears and sets the table that makes it difficult for the NEXT set of victims to come forward.
And round and round it goes.
TKA basically summed it up perfectly earlier in this thread:
Lastly, here's a VERY helpful article on some of the realities behind ACTUAL "false rape accusations" and what ACTUALLY motivates them.
TKA wrote:Because cases of sexual assault are criminal, it's often difficult to prove "without the shadow of a doubt" due to the nature of the evidence (if it was a civil case, you'd only need to be 51% right to "win"). What this means is if we don't treat women like we believe them, other victims will be less likely to come forward and face the same stress with little guarantee of their assaulter being brought to justice.
You basically scare victims into bottling up their sexual assaults and the only people that helps are the predators.
Kunzait's Wuxia Thread
Journey to the West, chapter 26 wrote:The strong man will meet someone stronger still:
Come to naught at last he surely will!
Zephyr wrote:And that's to say nothing of how pretty much impossible it is to capture what made the original run of the series so great. I'm in the generation of fans that started with Toonami, so I totally empathize with the feeling of having "missed the party", experiencing disappointment, and wanting to experience it myself. But I can't, that's how life is. Time is a bitch. The party is over. Kageyama, Kikuchi, and Maeda are off the sauce now; Yanami almost OD'd; Yamamoto got arrested; Toriyama's not going to light trash cans on fire and hang from the chandelier anymore. We can't get the band back together, and even if we could, everyone's either old, in poor health, or calmed way the fuck down. Best we're going to get, and are getting, is a party that's almost entirely devoid of the magic that made the original one so awesome that we even want more.
Kamiccolo9 wrote:It grinds my gears that people get "outraged" over any of this stuff. It's a fucking cartoon. If you are that determined to be angry about something, get off the internet and make a stand for something that actually matters.
Rocketman wrote:"Shonen" basically means "stupid sentimental shit" anyway, so it's ok to be anti-shonen.