Adams State Faculty Lecture will address rape culture

ALAMOSA — “Our Rape Culture: How we all help create it” is the topic of Adams State University’s next Faculty Lecture, to be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in McDaniel Hall room 101. Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, professor of sociology, will focus on how culture and complicit acceptance of that culture creates a society in which rape thrives.

Hilwig notes, “If we look around the world, we see societies in which rape is common, and vice versa. We see societies in which rape is a rare event. We need to move away from focusing all our attention on rapists and turn our attention to our society, to our culture, to ourselves and examine the role we all play. How do we, in subtle and not so subtle ways contribute to a culture where we view women as less than, where we view women’s bodies as objects, and where we view women’s bodies as public property? This culture of misogyny increases our apathy towards women victims.”

All ASU Faculty Lectures in the series are free and open to the public. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Courtney Allen, assistant professor of counselor education, at 719-587-7888 or [email protected].

Caption: Dr. Stephanie Hilwig