Why No has to mean No as a public and legal policy

Even though, we all know that between consenting adults, that sometimes NO does mean try harder or try me later.
But rape is not about consenting adults, it is in fact specifically not consent.

not all rape is strangers grabbing someone. Most rape is by someone actually known to the victim and usually a person in a position of some form of authority over them.
On average, within the birth family a parent or older sibling. Often a family friend, neighbour or person dating into a family. Frequently, someone in a position of community trust – in school or within a religion’s hierarchy.

the better part of discretion is STFU

once again

 

personal opinions are the least authoritative or socially valid – especially when they are vapid, self interested or willfully ignorant.

subject matter expert opinions are based in training, education and work experience – these opinion have merit and validity because they are based in understanding of the issues in a larger context than self interest

professional expert opinions are the ones to most direct public policy and law, because these are derived from the highest levels of education and detailed/extensive working experience that is often too complex for the average or layperson to understand unless they put in the effort to educate themselves either formally or an interest/hobby

outsider science is driving many advances just as outside art pushes the envelope

 

there’s room for everyone to have and express opinions

but remember that freedom of speech is not limited to first speech

nor is any speech consequence free

 

justifying rape as happens for a reason is the worst kind of ignorance and amounts to an endorsement and acceptance of rape.

it falls short of hate crime speech, but not by much.