The Rape Blame Game
A disturbing survey from London has revealed that a large portion of women believe that the victims of rape are to blame. The survey, conducted on 1,000 people (mostly women) between the ages of 18-50 but mostly young adults between 18-24 years, showed the following:
- Almost 3 quarters believe the victim should take ‘some responsibility’ if she got into bed with the attacker before the rape.
- One third believed that the victim was at least partially to blame if she was dressed provocatively or had accepted a drink from the attacker.
- More than half believe there are circumstances where the victim should accept blame.
- Over 24% believe the blame falls partially on the victim if she had conversation with the attacker before.
- One in eight women surveyed blamed the victim if she was dancing provocatively.
Ah, the “She Had It Coming!” mentality of some of these people. You would think that with these women blaming rape victims so easily, they’d be a pretty safe bunch, eh? The survey took it a step further and began not only asking participants their opinions on rape victim circumstances, but on the participants own actions.
- Nearly half of those surveyed reported that they have walked home alone on side streets.
- One in five admitted to getting into a cab without seeing if it was licensed.
- One in five also admitted to having been so drunk before that they have lost their memory.
- 40% of the women surveyed also admitted to having been in a situation that could have resulted in forced sex.
40%? Now I’m sure that at least some of those women tie into the same ones placing blame on the victim. How can the blame be placed on one woman in a ‘possible rape situation’ but not on another, simply because one ended up being raped and the other didn’t? Hypocrisy, apparently.
How sad is this? Let’s look at some facts, ladies:
- There is no evidence on why certain people are raped. Rape victims can be any age, race, gender, height, religion, weight, and social status. It’s not just ‘sluts in short skirts who drink too much’. Its also the Catholic mother of 2 living in the suburbs. The 15-year-old boy just starting high school. The grandmother who locks all her doors.
- Rape is about power, not sex, which is why anyone can be raped, and why rapists aren’t just ‘ugly creepy guys who can’t get laid’. The handsome basketball player who gets all the ladies is just as likely to rape someone as the guy who’s never had a girlfriend.
- Simply because a woman is drunk, or wearing a skirt, doesn’t mean she is ‘more likely’ to get raped because of the ‘easier access’. Many rapists use brute force, threats, or weapons when going after someone. If a woman is wearing a short skirt and gets cornered in the bathroom by a man with a knife, is she more to blame? No, because there is no evidence, ever, suggesting that the rapist would not have gone in there if she was a sober nun.
- Rape is defined as any form of sexual intercourse that one participant did not agree to, or was not able to agree to. In other words, no means no. Rape has nothing to do with any previous actions of the victim.