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Victim Blaming

Why Battered Women Won't Always Leave Their Batterers

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 02.01.2017 | Crime
Jennie Shulkin

Community members, as well as medical and social service professionals, frequently lack sympathy for women who stay with their abusers. These same women are sometimes treated poorly by the criminal justice system, too.

I Understand Why Trump's Accusers Waited To Tell Their Stories -- Because I Still Never Reported Mine

Revelist | Posted 10.17.2016 | Women

My anger quickly turned to nausea, not just because the man who wants to lead our country has no respect for women, but because of the support his followers would -- and did -- lend him regardless.

9 Images Capture The Raw Violation Of Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.08.2016 | Women

Warning: This article contains photos depicting sexual assault and rape that some readers may find triggering. A recent photo series is taking a raw ...

Lawyer Characterizes Assault Of 2 Unconscious Girls As Teen ‘Mistake’

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women

Yet another young, white male athlete has received little-to-no jail time for committing sexual assault. On April 2, 18-year-old high school student D...

Comment Sections Are Cesspools Of Rape Culture, Research Finds

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.19.2016 | Women

One-fourth of all online comments at the end of news articles about sexual assault and rape include victim-blaming statements, new research out of the...

Comedian Summarizes Victim-Blaming With One Brilliant Analogy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.28.2016 | Women

Victim blaming is bullsh*t, and comedian Alice Brine is calling bullsh*t on all that bullsh*t by explaining the illogical nature of it in one simple p...

Here's The Awful Reality Of Being A Rape Victim In Criminal Trials

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.27.2016 | Women

It took four years and two rape trials to send Yee Xiong’s attacker to jail. And to get there, Xiong says she felt continuously attacked by the defe...

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 07.27.2016 | 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 inspire...

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 02.26.2017 | 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 01.08.2017 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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.