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Mansplaining Rape 101

July 27, 2017

 

By: Evani Patel
epatel@samford.edu

"Mansplaining" rape is slowly sweeping Facebook and the comment section of every article that discusses sexual assault. I'm sick of it!

To sum it up "Mansplaining" rape is when the claim is made that as a consequence of a victims actions, her sexual assault becomes justifiable. "her shirt was too tight" "she was out late" "her heels were too high" "her texts were suggestive".

Early Thursday morning, TJ Bunn Jr.’s lawyer, Ivey Gilmore, attempted to "Mansplain" what went on prior to the night his client allegedly raped former University of Alabama student Megan Rondini. Mr. Gilmore made a clear attempt to smear the victim without reviewing the evidence in full light. Bunn and his lawyer chose to blame the victim and to make baseless accusations against Megan to justify the sexual assault Megan encountered on the night of July 2, 2015. Mr. Gilmore’s paid ad fails to take into account the surrounding details that occurred while Megan was trapped in Bunn’s room. The ad fails to take into account that after the assault occurred, Megan quickly discovered that Bunn had locked the only way out of the bedroom. Megan conveyed a text to a friend stating “OMG. I can’t get out of the room.” At this point, Megan became extremely frantic and immediately contacted several of her friends requesting urgent help.

After Megan had gone to the hospital and reported her rape, investigators went to Bunn’s home the next morning to speak with him and Jason Barksdale. In response to questioning, Bunn affirmatively lied and denied having Megan in his house. Following the sexual assault by Bunn, Megan took the appropriate steps by promptly reporting her sexual assault to the hospital and to law enforcement.

Mr. Gilmore’s shortened account of what went on the night of July 2, 2015 is clearly a defensive tactic to demonstrate victim blaming and to move the attention from Bunn’s alleged assault to the victim. The Rondinis have suffered an egregious amount of pain and suffering that no family should ever have to endure. As such, rightful justice for Megan must be served.  

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