Candace Owens' Take On Rape Survivors, #MeToo Movement Is All Wrong

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Posted: Jun 12, 2018 7:00 PM
Candace Owens' Take On Rape Survivors, #MeToo Movement Is All Wrong

Turning Point USA's Communications Director, Candace Owens, is making waves in the conservative movement after she posted a handful of tweets on Monday about the #MeToo movement.

Owens quickly received backlash from people on both sides of the aisle for her comments.

Rape survivor Kimberly Corban reached out to Owens to have a dialogue about the #MeToo movement.

Corban also explained why it's important to rethink how we categorize sexual assault survivors.

The IJR's Caleb Hull was very upset by Owens' comments and made his position well known:

The Explanation

Owens took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify her position about the #MeToo movement and why she believes the mob mentality is dangerous.

The whole premise of what she said is that the herd mentality is dangerous and we shouldn't all be lumped together.

The Reality

What Owens said has some merit but how she said it could have been worded WAY better.

The #MeToo movement started out with good intentions and really did become a bandwagon phenomenon. Part of the issue with a movement gaining popularity so fast is the lack of a controlled message. There's no definitive definition of who falls into the #MeToo movement. Does someone have to be sexually assaulted to be part of the movement? Does molestation count? What about sexual harassment? There is no hardline definition of who fits into the #MeToo movement, which causes confusion and arguments.

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While I don't agree with everything the #MeToo movement is about, I do appreciate their efforts to encourage woman to speak up about being sexually assaulted. When I was raped in college I struggled to come forward and report my story. I was riddled with shame and guilt. I blamed myself and thought I could have changed what happened to me, even though I fought and said "no" over and over again. I'm not alone. This is what most assault survivors go through. Even the most outspoken, lively people can suddenly become fearful and struggle to find their voice.

Sexual assault survivors don't want people to look at them like they're cowardly, that all they want to do is sit in a corner and be scared. That is not what we're about. And, just like men can attempt to peg us and pin us down with a label we don't want, women can do the same thing. And I believe that's what Candace just did and why so many people are upset. 

It's important for survivors to know that what happened to them is not their fault. It's important for survivors to know that there are other men and women out there that are ready and willing to listen to their story. We are here and we will be an asset. After all, the people who resonate the most with us are other people who have been through a similar situation. There's a sense of relief knowing you're talking to someone who understands how you're feeling, even when you don't.