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In 2013 a student at Swarthmore college “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months… They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes.”  She states that “‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he ... Read More
Trigger warning: contains link to graphic video on sexual assault. A new parody video has been making the rounds on the global interwebs this past week: "It's Your Fault" is an extremely sarcastic response to the culture of victim-blaming and patriarchy that colors people's reactions to sexual assault.   Starring Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin and television personality Juhi Pandey, "It's Your Fault" is an uncomfortable comedy video that isn't funny at ... Read More
Trigger warning: This post references child sexual abuse, victim-blaming. Here’s your dose of bad news in victim-blaming of the day: A trial involving a 13-year-old girl and the 41-year-old man who had sex with her ended a few days ago amid outcry over the man’s suspended sentence - and the child’s having been called a “sexual predator” by Judge Nigel Peters. Writer Caroline Criado-Perez, who spearheaded the campaign to put Jane ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual violence, victim-blaming. Jennifer Stevens, a 10-year armed forces and battalion veteran, was absolutely outraged by this poster in the women’s restroom of the Wright-Patterson Ohio Air Force base. The poster, titled "Avoid Being a Victim," is a guideline for women to avoid/prevent sexual assault. Understandably, it SCREAMS victim-blaming.  The poster instructs soldiers to avoid sexual assault by paying ... Read More
We could only hope that after the New Delhi bus incident and the rape and murder of three young sisters that media coverage would somehow ameliorate these problems, at least a little bit. Instead we receive more devastating news: a Swiss tourist was gang raped in front of her husband while camping in central India. The couple was on a bike tour and decided to set up camp in Madhya Pradesh when between five and seven men attacked them, holding the man back as the ... Read More
Control Tonight, the new ad campaign from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, recently released an ad intended to curb binge drinking, using rape as the dire consequence of partying. However, rather than saying that alcohol impairs the judgment of both parties, (including the rapist) the ad instead uses the age-old framework that implies that rape is the woman's (and her friends') fault. The ad features an image of a woman's nude legs on a bathroom floor with ... Read More
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