12/12/2014 09:06 am ET Updated Dec 12, 2014

We Always Blame The Victim

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We believe that rape and racism exist in this country. So why, then, are we giving racists and rapists a free pass while we scrutinize their victims?

Two stories dominating my social-media feeds of late have begun to run together in my mind: the nationwide protests against police brutality toward Black citizens, and the unfolding story of an alleged rape at University of Virginia, which may or may not have happened as reported in a recent Rolling Stone article. Both reveal our unfortunate cultural preference for believing in bogeymen, rather than facing facts about violence and power.

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