Twilight star rape comment is dead wrong

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By Evergreen,
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Twilight star, Kristen Stewart told British Elle magazine that the intrusive paparazzi is a lot like rape.   Here are Kristen Stewart’s words; “It’s so… The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can’t handle it.  I never expected that this would be my life.”  Later she said, “What you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction.”

Stewart’s words are mistaken.  Often people reach for explosive and emotional words to convey serious personal emotions they are feeling.    That does not make it right.  Rape is one of those worst-of crimes and society struggles to give this crime the attention and full understanding it deserves.  This is why when someone demeans the crime by tying it to something much less, it hurts the cause.   I feel this way when I hear people talk about cutting down trees as raping the forest.    You just can’t compare the two.

Margaret Lazarus, the executive director of RapeIs.org, who has written extensively about violence against women told Foxnews, that she disagrees with Stewart’s words, “Rape is a violation in which one has no choice.  A star seeking publicity has choices,” Lazarus told Fox411.com. “Although rape involves loss of privacy, loss of privacy does not constitute rape. Let’s use a little logical thinking here.”

I could not say it better.