Trigger Warning: This post contains language about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. This piece is part of Not Your Fault, a Teen Vogue campaign that aims to educate people about the epidemic of sexual assault. For more on this series, click here.
You might hear about people being sexually assaulted at their school or by a friend at a party, but no matter how many times you hear about it, you still might not think it can happen to you. That’s why jokes abut rape might not seem so offensive, or casually aggressive comments toward women might seem OK — we don’t imagine these things happening to us, until they do. But Charlie Coleman wants you to know that sexual violence is real, and even if it doesn’t happen to you, every time we make a sexist comment or blame the victim we are contributing to the culture in which sexual assault is so common.
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