Tag Archives: victim-blaming

Stop telling survivors they must report to the police

TweetThis week, I was one of three survivors that spoke at a press conference where Senator Gillibrand announced her new initiative to increase federal funding for the Department of Education to address the high rates of sexual assault on colleges campuses. After each of us shared our stories of our colleges miserably failing to support [...]
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New study finds that drinking doesn’t cause sexual aggression, predators target drunk women

TweetA new study backs up what feminists have been saying for approximately ever about the relationship between drinking and rape. Namely, that alcohol–despite its impressive powers–neither magically turns well-meaning kids into sexual aggressors nor makes everything so topsy turvy that nobody has any clue what consent is and if they have it or gave it. [...]
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How “You get what you put out” encourages victim blaming

TweetThere are two things about me that continue to have a significant impact on my life: (1) I spend a LOT of time on the internet; and (2) I have spent a LOT of that time feeling down and out in the aftermath of traumatic episodes. As a result, I am confident that I have [...]
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WSJ writer James Taranto blames intoxicated rape victims for their own assaults

Tweet*Trigger warning* James Taranto’s made up War on Men persists. In his column for the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Taranto went even further than Emily “drunk women should expect to be assaulted” Yoffe. He argued that women who drink and are forced to have sex against their will are not only at fault for their assault, [...]
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Feministing Chat: Individualism, violence, and victim blaming

TweetAt this point, the cycle is familiar. A commentator writes an article telling women how they can avoid rape through individualistic, ineffective methods. Dress conservatively! Shout loudly! Stay sober! The piece never addresses how we, as a community, can resist violence, and it shifts the focus from perpetrators’ wrongdoings to the “mistakes” of survivors. In [...]
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