Victims of crimes are not responsible for the crimes committed against them. Yet oftentimes, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are blamed, at least in part, for the crimes committed against them. This is called victim blaming. Statements like the ones below are often made in reference to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault:
She was flirting with him all night.
What was she wearing?
Why was she at the bar alone?
She must have made him angry.
Everyone knows she sleeps around.
Why was she out so late?
She shouldn’t have been drinking.
Why didn’t she just leave?
Instead, we should be asking: Why would he do that?
Blame and shame should never be placed on victims of abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence. Nobody asks to be assaulted. Nobody deserves to be abused. There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable to violate another…
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