A common response to rape and sexual assault in our society is to blame the survivor. To assume that the fault lies with her based on her choices and in some cases her lifestyle. It is often heard that she could have prevented the assault if only:
“she dressed differently”
“she was in the company of others”
“she stayed home after dark”
“she wasn’t so friendly”
This focus places the responsibility of the prevention of sexual violence and rape solely on young girls and women and not on the perpetrators, where it belongs.
Let’s stop blaming her when we need to encourage her.
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