Victim blaming is when a crime takes place and the crime is blamed on the victim rather than the criminal committing the offense. Victim blaming is mainly seen with women, but also men and children. It is usually present in cases of rape and various other forms of violent abuse such as domestic abuse and physical violence. What makes it even worse is that not only does society blame the victim, but also law enforcement and government officials. Victim blaming needs to stop all together
A common blame put on victims is for the clothes women wear. Blaming a woman’s clothes for rape is like if someone went around setting people’s clothes on fire and blaming the victims for wearing flammable clothing. The way someone dresses should not affect the way they are treated. If a woman feels confident in a dress she should be able to wear it without fear of being catcalled, ridiculed, attacked. Women should not be afraid of being attacked by a man. Women should not have to be afraid of men period. Many people argue that women should just protect themselves, but the fact of the matter is that if rapists were punished more harshly and abuse allegations were taken more seriously, there would be less fear and injustice surrounding the topic. Women shouldn't have to carry a gun to protect their basic human rights. A badge should not have the power to take away those rights. Nonconsensual sexual acts do not happen because the victim "asked for it" or because "men can't control themselves". Rape happens because rapists know they won't get in serious trouble, they'll get a slap on the wrist and be well on their way.
One example of victim blaming is how few months ago two high school football players allegedly filmed and posted online them brutally raping another student at a party. While the rapists had articles written about how they were "good boys" and how "their careers are ruined", ...
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