Alligator River Story

Stairway uses the Alligator River Story as an introduction to our courses and trainings about sexual abuse and exploitation. We would like to invite you to try the interactive online session of the Alligator River Story and share your reflections and thoughts with us.

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  1. I think the Alligator River Story tackles a very important angle on rape, particularly about victim blaming and what ifs. It elicits discourse on the situations leading up to a rape incident and what happens after. I hope more people can view this e-learning module and discuss the issue with their community.

  2. In our current climate where publicly speaking up about sexual harassment is being more widely supported and accepted, this story is more applicable than ever, raising the questions of who is to blame, and who is to be believed. We can ask ourselves, what are the motives of the characters in this story, and what leads them to make the decisions that they do. Directed especially towards men, what can we do to change and be better, to make this place a safer environment for our wives, sisters and daughters.

  3. The ARS was a great tool for beginning an important dialog with our students about sexual assault and how perception and culture impact how we treat victims of abuse. It is a simple story with a strong message. At ISM we have used it with other students and this continued to create strong reactions and highlight internal biases which allowed for thoughtful reflection and promoted change.

    I think it is a wonderful and simple tool to use with any age group. We will continue to use this in the future, and are thankful for the partnership with the Stairways organization who continues to work to elevate the conversation and in a positive and proactive way work to change the way we think about sexual abuse.

    Thank you!

  4. Even today, rape culture perpetrates the notion that somehow a victim either deserved it or wanted it. Families, authorities, bystanders often scrutinize every detail of a rape looking for some detail that ‘confirms’ that somehow the victim has called this awful act upon themselves. The worst part about all of this is that it promotes the idea that the victim is somehow responsible for their own abuse, that they made poor choices that led them to being raped, that they should have made better choices.

    Clothing is often brought up as an example. ‘If only she had worn something less revealing she would not have been targeted’ or ‘if only he didn’t dress so feminine they would have left him alone’… This notion supports the idea that if the victim had worn a different type of clothing the rapist would have left them alone. This is pure fiction! A sexual predator will not be deterred by frumpy or conservative clothing. Particularly because most cases of rape are committed by someone known to the victim and therefore have already been identified as the ‘prey’, clothing is irrelevant.
    Rape and sexual abuse can never be justified! Not by the types of clothes a person wore, not by the place they were in when it happened, not the time of day they were out when it happened, etc… We should never blame a victim for the sexual abuse inflicted on them.

    Keep up the great work Stairway!!!

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