Sexual assault must never be dismissed as “accidental” and excusable

May 20, 2013

“Accidental Rapist” from Marie Fortune’s blog
The Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder of the FaithTrust Institute and author of several books on sexual assault and domestic violence, says the controversial song, “Accidental Racist,” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J caused her to think about the so-called “accidental” oppression of people. “As a white woman raised in the South, I’ve heard the angst expressed before,” she writes,. “I just don’t buy it.” But she goes on to say the song provided a take-off point for writing another version, which she calls “Accidental Rapist.” Its message relates to FaithTrust Institute‘s efforts to increase awareness of sexual violence, while working to end it through its training, consulting, and educational resources.

Related: See related references to rape culture in our Link of the Day this past March 26. See also “Ten things to end rape culture,” an article in The Nation. Addressing this issue is relevant at any time and all the time, but perhaps all the more so right now as Congress is demanding that immediate action be taken to curb the escalating statistics on rape in the military. (If you haven’t seen the revealing and shocking documentary,The Invisible War, about rape in the U.S. military, you can now rent or purchase it on DVD. It puts a human face on the damage caused by such assaults and is eye-opening in a way that’s impossible to grasp through statistics alone. See the trailer and clips about it on the PBS Independent Lens website.)

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.