Franchesca — the a-mazing YouTube vlogger who I've now become Internet obsessed with — gives an honest, powerful explanation about everything that is wrong with how people respond to and talk about this huge problem. But in all honesty, it's depressing as hell she even has to give it in the first place. Trigger warning.
I just wanted to share one of Franchesca's comments she left underneath the video:
"Calling anyone a slut, regardless of their behavior is slut shaming. the idea that anyone has the right to judge some's sexual habits is slut shaming. the practice of judging someone and calling them a slut along with the perpetuation of 'sluttiness leads to rape' hurts victims of sexual assault because people assume that if they were assaulted they were somehow at fault because of their behavior or previous sexual history."
If you ever need free, confidential advice about the issues this video brings up, you can contact RAINN — the nation's largest anti-sexual-violence organization — here.