CHALLENGE THE CULTURE: INTRODUCTION

There are some things we’d rather put under the carpet. Things we’d rather pretend don’t exist or better yet, don’t affect us. And then oddly in that same universe, there are others who are forced into exiled because of what our misconceptions have taught us. The word sex (or sexual by extension) has become taboo in the average Jamaican household. Funny enough, that seems to only apply to our daughters as our sons have ( for too long in my opinion) lead the misconception that they can go around and do as they please. But that’s for another day. This discussion is about overlooked cultures in Jamaica. One of which is the rape culture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro-nakedness or anything. I simply don’t believe a woman (or girl) should be forced into sexual acts because of how she is clad. Her attire doesn’t justify the need to rape her and so if you thin its okay to ask what she was wearing when she was raped then you my dear friend are preposterous. The rape culture is real and has crept its way into normalcy.Other existing cultures are sexual harassment. A man believes he has the audacity to inappropriately comment on a female’s body. This is an issue that has been constantly overlooked.The CTC initiative seeks to not not only challenge the cultural norms that abuse our men and women but to also insert the drive to create an environment where everyone, regardless of gender and background, feels welcome and safe; where sexual harassment or discrimination will not impede great talent from producing great impact

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