In this continuing series, guest blogger Toria helps us consider rape culture and how better to “do justice” for women.
Victim-blaming and “slut-shaming” are two of the biggest aspects of rape culture, in my estimation, although victim-blaming holds more weight against female than male victims. “Why would anyone blame a victim for being raped?” you might ask. It’s an excellent question. The sad truth is that victim-blaming happens all the time when someone is beaten, assaulted or raped, especially if the victim is a woman.
“I would never do that!” you say. Did you know that it is possible to blame the victim for her assault without realizing it? When you ask a rape victim things like “Were you drinking?” “What were you wearing?” “What were you doing there by yourself?” or “Were you giving him mixed signals?” you are blaming the victim. Why? Because you are making excuses for