As students return to school from summer vacation, the last thing that parents expect to see is a textbook with false information. Recently, an assignment in 10th grade textbook in South Africa made headlines for perpetuating rape culture.
The textbook, printed by book publisher Pearson, reportedly describes the rape of a girl named Angie. According to a social media post of the textbook, Angie lied to her parents about going to party, then was sexually assaulted after consuming alcohol.
As an assignment, the textbook asks students to "list two ways in which Angie's behavior led to sexual intercourse."
People on social media recently called out the textbook for suggesting that the victim in the story is somehow to blame for her own rape.
Ashleigh Phillip, one of the outspoken individuals, said she received a message from Ursula Ndhlovu, a media and communities director from Pearson, in response to her post. According to Phillip's account, Ndhlovu wrote "there will be no further reprints of this edition."
Given the influence that textbooks have on the way young people see the world, it is important that educational companies teach students about the the realities of rape culture, instead of encouraging students to participate in blaming survivors.
The Guardian confirmed that Pearson "immediately amended the language" in the textbook by removing the questionable text.
In the future, textbooks dealing with rape should consider providing sexual assault resources so that students can learn what services are available for survivors.
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(H/T: Elite Daily)