While the internet has been long been calling out racially offensive Halloween costumes, social media is now also shaming two high school students in Kansas who reportedly dressed as "rape victims" over Halloween weekend.
In an image circulating Twitter, the teen girls are wearing a shoddy white T-shirts with blood stains and ripped holes.
The girls in the photo did not respond to a request for comment before publication. After publication, however, a parent of one of the teens contacted Mic to contradict the claim that the girls were dressed as rape victims:
They were dressed to attend a Halloween party as characters from a movie called 'The Purge.' Someone told them they looked like rape victims. They sent a picture to their "friends" on Snapchat with a sad face due to the fact that they were called by that term. They made a terrible error in judgement by stating that caption, not thinking how the picture would be misconstrued. The girls are very good kids and don't deserve the threats they are receiving because of misinformed judgement by the public.
Mic was unable to speak with the teens directly to hear their account of the costumes. However, after the Snapchat image was posted to the internet, Twitter users were quick to call out the image as distasteful.
The image struck a chord with many, in particular because girls between 16 and 19 years of age are four times as more likely to be "victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault" than the rest of the population, according to RAINN. That organization also reports that for every 1,000 incidents of rape in the U.S., only about 334 are reported to law enforcement.
About 20% of rape survivors have reported that they feared retaliation for reporting their incidents to the police. Most assailants or abusers do not face legal consequences. In fact, it is estimated that 994 out of every 1,000 rapists will walk away without jail time.
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Nov. 1, 2016, 4:20 p.m.: This article has been updated to add a statement from the parent of one of the students.
Nov. 28, 2016, 1:45 p.m.: This article has been updated.