Friday, 8 January 2016
While there are those who criticise outlooks that treat women as fifth rate there are others who embrace aspects of it and play blame the victim.
‘She shouldn’t have been drinking’, ‘she shouldn’t have gone where she did’, ‘she shouldn’t have dressed like she did’, ‘she shouldn’t have gone there alone’, she shouldn’t have been out alone at night’ etc. is what we sometimes hear when a woman is attacked.
In other words she’s to blame, her attacker was not obliged to have any self-control and can do whatever he wants.
The fact is though no one has the right to attack anyone, that’s an illegal act and that’s where the condemnation should be directed, not at someone who was engaged in lawful activities regardless of how foolish they may seem to be.
Leave the culture of victim blaming to those who do not respect women. To blame the victim is to stand on the same side of the attacker and their criminal actions.