I’ve been on sabbatical for almost three months now. I started with an intentionally unstructured process with three main goals for each day: go outside, read, and write. I have a reading list and a broad topic (women in policing). Other than that, I promised myself I’d follow my interests and passions without worrying about where they’d lead. Until a week or two ago, this process worked very well for me. I actually felt myself having fun in my work and looking forward to the discoveries, connections, and ideas each new day would bring.
Note: This article discusses rape, sexual assault, and rape myths.
The title of this article stems from a comment that a Utah House Representative made during a committee debate on February 22, 2021 about a proposed affirmative consent bill. On that date, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah’s HB78 (proposed by Representative Angela Romero) that would have created a new crime of 3rd-degree felony rape for anyone who engaged in penetrative sexual acts without affirmative consent) had failed to pass out of the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. Upon listening to the audio recording of the debate…
Monica Williams, PhD is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State University.