How does Abstinence Only Sex Education Affect Rape Culture?

http://www.medicaldaily.com/elizabeth-smart-abstinence-only-sex-education-devalues-rape-victims-245638
Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped when she was 14 and raped daily. The question a lot of people have for her is, “Why didn’t she just ran away?” Elizabeth Smart discusses in the last article the reason why she didn’t “just run away.” She felt like she was disgusting, filthy, and unwanted because of her religious, abstinence-only upbringing. Comparing women to gum or flowers affected not only Elizabeth Smart in her traumatizing experience but the majority of women today. The ideology that sex is dirty leads to slut-shaming- putting women down for any sexual experiences they’ve, consensual or nonconsensual. It teaches women that their identities are intertwined with their virginities.

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