Jonah Goldberg's column "War on women is over, and the women won" trivializes the scourge of sexual assault in our society. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault knows all too well the devastating effects and prevalence of this horrifying crime.
Using words like "caddish" and "boorish," Goldberg minimizes sexual assault. He also politicizes sexual violence, calling the president's "It's on Us" campaign to prevent campus rape a “PR stunt.” Rather, the White House initiative demonstrates America takes this matter seriously and cares about survivors of sexual assault.
Furthermore, sexual assault is highly prevalent and affects every community regardless of socioeconomic status. In Wisconsin, 390,000 women experience rape in their lifetime, and 507,000 men experience other types of sexual violence.
With 65 percent of victims too traumatized or ashamed to report the crime, Goldberg’s reckless statements serve only to further silence survivors and give cover to perpetrators.
-- Pennie Meyers, executive director, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault