askicepack

Update on AskIcePack, TW: CSA

TW: RAPE, CSA/CHILD ABUSE

Some relevant links have been shared with me after I made my initial post about AskIcePack, and I would like to share them with you. 

I was not aware of this when I initially glanced through the comic more than a year ago, but there are repeated mentions of the adult male character interacting with underage characters. These are worksafe, and played off in a ‘jokey’ manner, but the fact that the interactions occur at all are troubling. 

http://askicepack.tumblr.com/post/14751693965/on-handling-foals-and-fillies

And, worst of all, this blog makes light of false accusations of rape from children. And implies, in fact, that false accusations occur with regularity, or occur as a result of someone (a minor) being “turned down” for sex. This is shown in the middle of this panel, quote, “If you don’t [have sex with us], we’ll tell everyone you DID." 

http://askicepack.tumblr.com/post/12818194421/things-do-not-always-go-smoothly-of-course-here

And, again, in more depth: 

http://askicepack.tumblr.com/post/12798819781/court-appointed-what-happened

Apparently, the "basis” for this character existing at all (the 'community service for a comfort horse’ tag in the upper left corner of the blog) is based on a false rape claim from a minor. We are meant to identify and sympathize with a character who has been accused falsely of rape - when in reality, only 0.6% of all rape claims are false. 

This is extremely troubling, because it not only implies that false rape claims from minors occur, or occur with enough regularity to be mentioned on a blog, it implies that minors who make rape claims should not be immediately trusted, as they may simply be lying due to 'rejection.' 

This is a heinous claim to make, and a hideously offensive comic to draw, repeatedly no less. Hence, I must warn any of my followers away from this comic, and from this author as a whole, as they think this disgusting display is appropriate storytelling.