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Victim Blaming

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 aske...

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

How Not to Be a Victim

Grace de Rond | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace de Rond

I went from a time when we ate oatmeal for dinner because it was all we had, when I kept the school proofs because I couldn't afford the photos, an...

'Being A Passive Bystander Is Not A Crime'

Jackie Fuchs | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Jackie Fuchs

Being a passive bystander is not a "crime." If we have any hope at all of putting an end to incidents like these, we need to stop doubting the accusers and start holding rapists, abusers and bullies accountable. What we don't need to do is point fingers at those who weren't to blame for their actions.

Why We Don't Want to Believe Bill Cosby Might Actually Be a Rapist

Megan Maas | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Megan Maas

We all victim blame. Even after years of education and training in this area, I still do it all the time, and have to consistently be aware of my thoughts when I hear of a sex crime. Which is exactly why we need to be aware of this and try to recognize when we go there and choose to think differently.

John Green, YA Authors, and Rape Culture

Camryn Garrett | Posted 07.01.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

The fact of the matter is that John Green and all of the other authors who jumped down this girl's throat had all of the power. Adults always have the power -- that's often why it's so difficult to speak up when they aren't treating us correctly.

Revenge Porn Is More Than a Violation of Privacy It Is Digital Sexual Assault

Olivia Wilson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Olivia Wilson

The narratives we're listening to as revenge porn reaches mainstream news aren't just about victim blaming, they're about negotiating a new age of digital interactions and an ugly manifestation of how women are viewed and treated.

But I Was Lucky: It Wasn't Rape

Yenli Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Yenli Wong

Rape does not occur in a vacuum -- there are many types of sexual violence and colleges need to take all of them seriously.

This Mom Saw In One Drunk Man A Crushing Response To Rape Culture

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women

What started out as one woman's astute observation about a drunk young man at a bus terminal has turned into a viral sensation slamming rape culture. ...

I Wasn't 'Asking For It'

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

"You keep wearing trash like this and you'll end up a whore, just like the women who represent Playboy. Is that what you want? To be nothing but a slut?"

Why Every Assault Matters

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Abby Rosmarin

It's been 10 years and my go-to is still to downplay it. Call it The Incident. Maybe if I'm feeling extra self-aware, I'll call it The Assault. But then I think about it and remember things, and it takes a lot of self-control not to backtrack.

Nina Bahadur

Viral 'Terre Des Femmes' Photo Series Shares An Important Message, But Not An Original One | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.21.2015 | Women

A powerful feminist poster series about judging women by their clothing has gone viral -- but it looks strikingly similar to a project from 2013. T...

'What Was He Wearing?' Why the Media Needs to Ask the Right Questions About Rape and Violence

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Phoebe K. Schreiner

Violence against women is learned, not innate or inevitable. It's everyone's problem and everyone's responsibility to solve, and we urgently need to insist on keeping our focus on challenging the culture of violence that perpetuates values almost none of us want to embrace.

A Powerful Look At How Devastating Sexual Bullying Can Be

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

Twelve million people have read one woman's diaries -- and her entries show how much power the word "slut" has. Emily Lindin was branded the schoo...

If Reporting A Robbery Was Like Reporting A Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

What if law enforcement talked to people who have been robbed the same way they often treat people who have been sexually assaulted? A new video wr...

No, The Glass Ceiling Is Not Women's Fault

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Things will only start to change once we stop blaming women, and start challenging the flawed system they must navigate. And I have no problem saying that assertively.

Valor, Victimhood, and Valentine's Day: How I Recommitted to Love

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Meghan O'Dea

This year for Valentine's I'm cooking myself a steak and pouring myself a glass of Merlot. I will cut into my steak, red and rare, decant my dark, rich wine, and this is its own bloody communion.