LFF 204: No Gods, No Heroes--the Ronaldo Episode (ft. Chloe White, Jess Houwen and Om Arvind)

*TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains discussions about sexual violence that might be painful for survivors of sexual assault and might nnot be appropriate for all audiences.*

Hosts Gabe Lezra and Evan Mateer speak with their friends Chloe White (an attorney who has worked on sexual violence and women's issues), Jess Houwen (read Jess's fantastic article about the Ronaldo allegations here) and Om Arvind (read Om's meditation on what it feels like to be betrayed by an idol here) about the Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegations. 

The crew takes a very deep dive into the allegations, and unpacks why it's important that we believe survivors of sexual assault, what it means when we say that, and how rape culture can pervert our understanding of sexual violence. They discuss how survivors are reacting to the accusations, and why it's so painnful for survivors to have to hear the horrific responses from Ronaldo fans that diminish and degrade woman who have come forward. They discuss why it's crucial to center women, and the victim's pain, in any discussion about sexual violence--rather than immediately labelling the alleged perpetrator a victim, we should strive to make sure the real victim isn't brushed aside (as often happens in sports media). And they discuss why it's appropriate--in fact, crucial, to underline the heroism and courage of the people who have come forward with their stories, and why it is so important to stand up and say enough. 

They finish by discussing what it feels like to have your idol, your hero, fall from grace, betray you like this. Is this a way in to discussing these issues with people that might otherwise be unreachable? 

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