In which Disney denies and ignores the rape of one of its employees by another employee. It’s funny, this came up on my Facebook and the accompanying comment spoke about how terrible this is but that the girl should have spoken up earlier. Frankly, there’s no time limit on how long it takes you to come to terms with the fact that you were raped. It’s an incredibly difficult concept to process, regardless of how self-aware and conscientious you are. You’ll always hear the victim shaming responses first, and in my opinion, those responses silence more rape victims than anything else. Nobody should have to explain why another person violated them. Nobody should have to explain why they try to rationalize rape away as anything besides rape, especially when their rapist is within their social circle. That shit is fucking hard, and the fact that she spoke out and actively tried to report it, that she shared her story when she was ignored, speaks not only to her strength but to a mentality that is incredibly disturbing. Disney informed my childhood. I was raised on the movies, I owned the toys, I read the books. I was a Disney kid, and I drank the goddamn kool-aid. I feel betrayed by this kind of response. This company teaches so many young children so many life lessons (while delivering majorly faulty expectations of life), and they’re such a disappointment lately. First they twisted Merida, the first princess with a voice and a mind that outweighed her physical appearance, into the same standard Barbie doll. Their shows in recent years are vapid and ultimately unimpressive, but to outright ignore a huge safety issue for young workers and blame a young woman for an attack perpetrated against her is a new low. I just want to see them address the issue. You can focus on sunshine and rainbows for the kids, but behind the scenes, where the safety and well-being of young adults is in your hands, be the fucking prince you’ve hand-washed and reused in so many movies. Do the right goddamn thing and be the hub of happiness you claim to be. And for fuck’s sake, fire any counselors and employee relations people who are going to blame a young girl for her own rape regardless of what she was wearing, drinking, or what time it was. No means no. You inform the future masses. Take fucking responsibility and teach them the difference between consent and fear. While you’re at it, let them know it’s okay to fucking say no. You’re a source of role models for children. Fucking act like it.