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Victim Blaming

Institutions That Minimize Abuse Share the Blame

Kim Gandy | Posted 08.01.2014 | Sports
Kim Gandy

It's time for our institutions to scrap their crisis communication plans when it comes to violence against women, and replace them with real plans to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

ESPN Host Defends Comments About Women Provoking Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 07.25.2014 | Sports

While many were expressing outrage at his comments about domestic violence, Stephen A. Smith let his followers on Twitter know that he was also ANNOYE...

No, Thought Catalog, My Short Hair Cut Still Isn't the Same as Rape

Kelsey Bain | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women
Kelsey Bain

In a culture where women's bodies are constantly objectified, where men such as yourself seem to think that they have some kind of claim over them, a post such as this only serves to further the idea that consent is some silly slogan those "crazy feminists" throw around, rather than something that is essential for safe and healthy sexual encounters.

WaPo Suggests Women Stop 'Taking Lovers' To Protect Themselves From Violence

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women

According to a Washington Post op-ed, there's a simple way to end violence against women -- have all those single ladies get married and stop "taking...

A Perfect Takedown Of 'She Was Asking For It'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women

"Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people." That's the message behind Anna Binkovitz's slam poem, "Asking For It...

Sexual Assault and U.S. News College Rankings: Did He Just Say That?

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

My daughter told me she can't believe she is expected to GO to college in a country where 55 colleges and universities are facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases, and one in five girls will be assaulted before graduation.

Judge's Light Sentence for Convicted Rapist Sparks Outrage for the Legal Community

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The line between what is acceptable and what is not as it pertains to shaming in the legal arena is murky at best. In the interest of not just those in the legal profession, but more importantly victims and the accused, it is time we get some clarity on these issues.

Objection, Your Honor

Ellen Magnis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

Victim blaming has absolutely no place in the courtroom, especially by a judge.

I Survived Assault In India, But When I Went to Police, I Was Victim Blamed

Bustle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Women
Bustle

People were passing by, staring in awe at the scene that was taking place in front of them. Their heads turned sideways as they glanced back at me in horror and surprise. A few people even slowed down to watch him throw me to the ground. But not a single one of them stopped. No one came to help. I was alone.

Just Say No To Rape.

Belle Knox | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Belle Knox

I think that I should be able to wear whatever the hell I want without being labeled as a slut. This idea that men cannot control their impulses is archaic and offensive.

How a Culture of Victim Blaming Keeps Survivors From Speaking Out

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

I didn't feel that I would be believed by my family, not because of anything they said to me, but because of the implicit messages I received from society.

The Mixed Message I Have to Send My Daughter About Her Body

Kiranjit K. Longaker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Kiranjit K. Longaker

I nurture in my daughter a terrible mixed message: one, that she has full sexual self-ownership, and two, that the specter of violence ultimately robs her of sexual self-ownership.

Why You Should Listen To 'Another Damn Rape Poem'

Posted 04.04.2014 | Women

"We wouldn't need so many damn rape poems if America had listened the first time." That's just one of many powerful lines from "Rape Poem To End Al...

'How To Not Get Raped' Video Makes Perfect Sense. Not.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.13.2014 | College

Cat Del Buono's satirical comprehensive guide on "how to not get raped" is inspired by WikiHow, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the University of Colorado and ...

Women's History Month Call to Service: Pursue Liberty to Achieve Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

I imagine what this aspiring lawyer would have thought of her only daughter Nancy becoming a top lawmaker in the country -- the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. I carry my grandmother's dream with me every day.

Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

Wolf-whistles, "hey baby" and "keep smiling honey!" are the types of things you'd expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what...

Remembering the Real Victims of Rape

Angie Epifano | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Angie Epifano

For the first time, survivors are speaking out about our experiences and demanding our rights to safe support, free from retaliation. In return, we've been treated worse than the people who made us survivors. If there is any chance for change, it cannot ride solely on the backs of survivors. It has to come from everybody.

Dear Prudence: Stop Victim Blaming

Laura L. Dunn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Laura L. Dunn

Slate had a meaningfully opportunity with its article to challenge how our society views alcohol as an excuse for sexual violence, but instead it added another cautionary tale to the mountain of victim blaming message given to women.

The New Normal

Diane Russell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Diane Russell

They say "truth is stranger than fiction" and we certainly have some incredible examples as of late, so much so that it makes you wonder if recent headlines weren't actually some bad-on-purpose movie where things like sharknados are actually real.

"If He Really Stalked Her, Why Isn't She Crying?"

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime
Christine Pelosi

At a meeting in chambers with the judge and defense counsel, we discussed scheduling for the afternoon. The judge then looked at me and said words I'll never forget: "If he really stalked her, why isn't she crying?"

Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

It pains me to think of how survivors of military sexual assault must feel as they witness this ongoing debate between Congress and military officials, which will affect their fate on a deeply personal level. We must be asking ourselves how we can support victims of these crimes.

Victim Blaming Has Achieved a New Low Watermark

Lori Day | Posted 08.03.2013 | Media
Lori Day

When you consider that animals bring on their own assaults, it is not hard to understand this same mentality when applied to all sorts of people by other people.

Why Didn't Ariel Castro's Victims Run Away? It's Simple

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Jincey Lumpkin

Over and over and over, women and girls receive the message to keep quiet, be sweet and not cause a fuss. It's a rigged system. And yet the public is shocked and dismayed when victims of violent abuse stay or defend the abuser.

The 7-Step Guide to Misery

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Why would someone make the choice to be miserable? Because it is often a way of getting attention and of attempting to get someone else to be responsible for them. If this is what you want, here is a roadmap to make sure you accomplish your goal!

Steubenville: We're Sick and Tired of Rape Being Treated Like an Unavoidable Joke

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

This isn't "just" about alcohol or teens or dashed football aspirations. It has much broader implications about consent and what we are failing to teach children.