Weekly Word Up

Can a woman’s attire or behavior ever make her less of a victim of sexual assault?

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  1. Joelle
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes. It is sad but people care how women/victims acted before thier assault. Should it matter? No. But we all know it does.

  2. Tangela
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    According to the society’s definition of women and the fuss about rape, a woman’s clothing attire and/or behavior does result in questions and fingers being pointed at the survivor. Instead of getting to the root of a problem, people always tend to take the easy way out by blaming someone. This world that we live in is so contradictory against women. Women are “supposed to be flirty and play hard to get and submissive, but also looked down upon for wearing a skirt.” It seems like women aren’t allowed to be themselves and treated like a caged animal. This attitude results with survivors not getting the proper recognition when they have been assaulted.

  3. SA Educator
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    80% of rape victims know and have a relationship with their perpetrator. Therefore, attire is not that important in the grand scheme of things. More important are the views held by our society with regard to consent. Visit http://www.consentissexy.org for more information. Another factor is the lack of understanding men have around the issues of sexual assualt and rape. Men Can Stop Rape is a great organization that educates men on the issues and makes them leaders in ending sexual assualt. Visit http://www.mencanstoprape.org for more information.

  4. Susan
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    A woman is never “less” of a victim due to her choice of attire, in my opinion. She may, unfortunately, be viewed that way by people in society if she is dressed a certain way, but by no means does that actually MAKE her less of a victim. Sexual crimes are violent, unnecessary, and murder of a person’s soul regardless of who they are or what they wear.

  5. Lea
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    A woman should never have to defend or justify what she was wearing in order for people to beleive her or treat her with respect. SA Educator (and don’t get me wrong, I apprecate your comments) above stated that “attire is not that important in the grand scheme of things”. But, what about the sports reporter, Ines Sainz who was harrassed by the NY Jets last year who defended herself many times by explaining that “jeans and a button down top were not inappropriate attire”. But even if they were, that does not give people the right to treat her like an object. Do people understand that a jury may favor the defense based on the victims character or attire prior to the assault? It’s not right, not at all, but it happens and sadly that’s one of the reasons more victims do not report.

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