Yesterday was an interesting show. It was a much needed conversation about the effects of the Ohio rape case, the media fall out from it, and the larger picture about how the culture of rape in this country has been shaped.
Dr. Kellie Johnson Wolfe brought us a lot of info and details and wisdom, during her hour with me in the studio. It is a difficult topic and the path to figuring out solutions is fraught with confusion. Thanks in no small part to political figures who seem to be fixated on looking for ways to justify or explain away their stances on victims of rape.
No doubt, the topic will be something we talk about for a long time to come, as there seems to be no clear solutions. And somehow, the victims seem to be targetted for ridicule and further attacks just for speaking out.
What realyl stuck with me after the show, however, was discovering how many of the callers were touched by the topic and the fact that we tackled it. Especially one caller, who very bravely opened up about his own experiences as a young man, wrongly arrested and locked up for 3 days. During which time, he was raped in prison by older inmates.
I've never had to confront such a topic or conversation, and I was greatly humbled and honored that our caller reached out to the show, thanks to our conversations about the topic, and shared his horrific experience.
It was then that I realized the potential power of this position I have found myself in.
And, man, oh mam, I am lucky to have such great, smart and articulate listeners and callers. Again, I am humbled.