Anonymous asked: The details you speak of about Ben not revealing his infection with HPV are completely spirious. HPV is a virus that is pervasive in human populations. Each person is bathed in HPV. You could scrape your skin and find hundreds present. The fact is everyone is infected with these virus and over 80% of sexually active women (and men) will be infected with a high risk strain. There is no way a man could (or would) be tested or know of the particular strains he is infected with.
context (is a poster campaign publicly naming Sydney-based rapist Benjamin McCullagh-Dennis).
I know this. A number of other people have addressed this directly; my understanding is that the people involved in Rape Is Real have since chosen to de-emphasise Ben’s HPV.
I am always concerned by misinformation around STIs. I just didn’t think that in this context, and given the way it was framed, going HAM on that issue was worth distracting from outing a repeat sexual predator who has gotten away with this shit for years. I can’t fucking believe that this is your biggest concern here. You’re making out like this is some schoolyard gossip about boy germs. Check your priorities.