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Victim Blaming

Video Uses Eye-Opening Metaphor To Show The Absurdity Of Victim-Blaming

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.13.2016 | Women

An animated video featuring two stick figures just pointed out how problematic victim-blaming really is. Created by Blue Seat Studios, the video show...

Why Society Blames Victims, According To Science

LiveScience | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.13.2016 | Women

By: Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor Published: 07/11/2016 on LiveScience A woman at a party has too many drinks too quickly and another par...

A Message To Dudes (From Dudes) About Rape Culture

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 06.23.2016 | Women

You don't have to be a rapist to contribute to rape culture. In a recent MTV News video, 10 men sit down to explain what rape culture actually is -- ...

Australian Gendered Violence Film Makes Waves

Vanessa de Largie | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Vanessa de Largie

Daughter is a short film by Australian filmmakers -- Sarah Jayne and Ivan Malekin. The film explores violence against women, societal stigmas and vi...

How The Brock Turner Case Is Moving Other Survivors To Get Help

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 06.13.2016 | Women

If there is one good thing to come out of the Brock Turner sexual assault case, it's that the collective outrage at his lenient sentence has inspired ...

Alcohol Doesn't Cause Rape--Rapists Do

Mary Cate Hickman | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Mary Cate Hickman

I just had a conversation with my sister, Genny, about the Stanford rape case, you know, the one that won't get off your Facebook newsfeed. To briefly...

Why We Don't Report It

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

Reporting rape, assault, or harassment is an act of bravery, but not reporting is an act of bravery also. Not reporting means understanding the reality of our society's impossible expectations for survivors.

How To Address Rape Myths When Teaching About Sexual Assault

Marina Rosenthal | Posted 06.01.2016 | College
Marina Rosenthal

I'm halfway through Psychology of Trauma, one of the courses I teach at the University of Oregon. Fifty students and I are crammed in a dim, humid classroom. We've been talking about sexual assault on campus for the past week, and predictably, someone is ready to make a few waves.

Open Letter to John Kasich About Rape and Victim Blaming

Kimberley A. Johnson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kimberley A. Johnson

Your recent advice to a female student concerned about sexual assault was "Don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol." After the inevitable backlash to your ignorant comment, you stated you didn't understand all the criticism you were getting. That's precisely the problem.

Kasich Reinforced Rape Myths Instead of Advocating for Change

Mike Domitrz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Mike Domitrz

Recently, presidential candidate John Kasich answered a freshman student's question about how she could "feel safer and more secure regarding sexual violence, harassment, and rape." According to CNN, Kasich said, "I'd also give you one bit of advice. Don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol. OK? Don't do that." The audience then applauded.

Social Silencing Is Destroying Our Humanity

Rachel Mason | Posted 04.18.2016 | Women
Rachel Mason

When someone has the courage to be a whistleblower, we must listen with compassion, if only for one reason, so that we end the pattern of social intimidation which keeps all of us from reporting abuse.

Video Exposes The Absurdity Of Saying Women ‘Ask For It'

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women

Pro tip when talking about sexual assault: Women are never “asking for it.” The "she asked for it" trope reinforces the damaging myth that a woman...

Forever 21 Removes Creepy Graphic Tee From Its Website

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 03.14.2016 | Women

Forever 21 has learned the hard way that graphic tees are not the place for offensive jokes. Especially if they are ambiguous, rape-y ones. The shir...

Men Ask Me to Explain Things to Them

Laura Munoz | Posted 03.07.2016 | Women
Laura Munoz

I was really surprised by how many of the emails I received in response to "To Men I Love, About Men Who Scare Me" were from actual men. Men have rea...

Why Some Women Smile At Men Who Sexually Harass Them

Hanna Brooks Olsen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Women
Hanna Brooks Olsen

If you're tired of hearing about women being harassed, tired of us sharing our stories about it, maybe that's because you've been ignoring it. And we don't believe that you should have that luxury anymore, either.

Amber Rose Shuts Down Anyone Who Doesn't Understand Consent

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.19.2016 | OWN

Amber Rose has no patience for victim-blaming. In a recent conversation on Tyrese Gibson and Rev. Run's new relationship series, "It's Not You, It's M...

Let's Not Make Victim Blaming a 'Thing' in 2016

Chelsea G.. Fuller | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices
Chelsea G.. Fuller

People are finally acknowledging the need for reform and hopefully changes come about sooner than later. But, perhaps in the meantime, we can take the initiative to stop blaming and criminalizing Black bodies in death that were already dehumanized in life.

"Rape": We Need to Keep Saying That Word

Anna Snapp | Posted 12.03.2015 | Arts
Anna Snapp

It's an uncomfortable word. No one likes to say it, no one likes to hear it. I, in fact, am one of many women and men who cringes at the sound of it. But we need to keep saying it, because it is so real for so many people.

Mental Health and Well-Being: What Is Your Response-Ability?

Lara Fielding | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Lara Fielding

You are NOT Responsible Humans can easily get caught in the traps of mindless auto-pilot; repertoires of thinking and behaving, which we just assume ...

Rape is Not About Sex: A Notice to Damon Wayans and Everyone Who Still Doesn't Get It

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Damon Wayans has joined the ranks of Cosby apologists with recent comments on The Breakfast Club radio show about Cosby's accusers being "un-rapeable" that highlight how clueless he is about the actual socio-cultural influences that lead to the crime of rape.

#FreedomForKesha Is an Important Stand Against Rape Culture

Sean O'Toole | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Sean O'Toole

This week it was announced that singer-songwriter, Kesha Rose Sebert has sought an injunction against Dr Luke (Lucasz Gottwald) and Sony Music, in an effort to speed up a suit she had brought against Gottwald in October 2014 for sexual assault, battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse and the violation of California business practices.

Breaking Down the Present Day Rape Stigma

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women
Dr. Ludy Green

Victim blaming still exists because it would be easier if rape were actually the victim's fault. Then bystanders can remain innocent bystanders, rid themselves of guilt, and therefore all desire to contribute to the cause of protecting women.

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Sexually Assaulted

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Katherine Koster

She mocked that the victim would call 911 rather than going to a "pimp." She called forced sex at gunpoint "theft of services." She stated that taking the sexual assault of a sex worker seriously "minimizes the act of rape," is "an insult" to real victims.

No One "Invites" Harassment or Assault

Holly Kearl | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Holly Kearl

The outcome from this kind of victim-blaming is that it benefits harassers and rapists. It gives them a free pass to harm lone women in public spaces. Unless that's what we want, we must stop blaming victims and start working to prevent harassment in the first place.

Women Ages 18-50 React To The Phrase 'She Was Asking For It'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women

"Bullsh*t." "Wrong." "Lie." "F**k you." These are just a few of the words women ages 18 to 50 years old thought of when they were asked to do a word ...