Social media vs. rape culture: The real problem

As most of us know, the incident on Court Street caused quite a stir, both locally and nationally. However, now that the verdict is in, it’s hard to determine whether the issue at hand is a stigma of rape culture or communal destruction by social media.

….I’m going to go with the latter.

As stated in one of my earlier posts, it’s imperative to watch what you post on social media, and this case thoroughly supports my argument, which means that our attitudes need to change. As a community, it’s important to respect each other, but as individuals, it’s also important to protect our social media reputations for future employers.

Respect should be an innate nature in us. Those who posted the media from the incident were chastised by the police for their complete lack of concern and, even more so, may still have that media floating around the internet despite it being deleted. In fact, some evidence suggests that these posts might not actually be gone, which is why, as underclassmen, it’s critical to become aware of this early on in your college careers.

“Your digital footprint says a lot about you–it’s extremely accessible and the majority of employers are checking it and doing their due diligence on you just like you should do it on them when you’re applying for a job,” says Sarah Downey, a privacy analyst at Abine, in an article by Fox Business.

It’s time to take some action and clean up our acts, as both citizens, friends and employers. We don’t want to be kicking ourselves when it’s too late to get the jobs we’ve been working so diligently toward.


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