These words have impact. How do I explain the term "legitimate rape" to my daughters and my son? Why should I have to explain that term? Why would anyone ever put those two words next to each other in a sentence? This is heartbreaking... I am so sick of hearing about victims being blamed. They did not choose to be raped. They didn't say to their attacker, Hey! Violate me, please!, regardless of how they are dressed, how much they've had to drink, or whether they've engaged in friendly/flirty banter.
Victim blaming is such a huge problem in the United States. For example, there have been many high-profile sexual assault cases lately where people blamed the weekend. In the Brock Turner case, people were constantly saying it's the victim's fault because she was too drunk to fight him and say no. What they don't realize is that doesn't matter because Brock Turner still shouldn't have taken advantage of her.
Victim blaming is a big problem because it remains easier to blame the victim than to blame the perpetrator of the crime. Consider rape, for example. John Kasich recently advised young women, "Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.” This attitude assumes that boys will be boys, basically, and that they are not responsible for what happens when they drink. It also assumes that women who drink are just asking to be raped. This type of thinking blames the victim, and it has been the norm in the U.S. for way too long.
Victim blaming and victims shaming is a huge problem, not just in the United States. There is a Canadian judge who is currently in major trouble for telling a rape victim she should have kept her legs together, among other things. Unfortunately this is a common problem in many places.
Overall, the outcry and support, almost default, for female victims seems deafening. Listen and believe rhetoric.
Now, there are bad cases (Turner case, for one), where a judge can't convict due to bad evidence, and the need for a beyond a reasonable doubt verdict that we can't compromise. And there are worse cases, like the Canadian Judge saying the girl should have kept her legs together. But these cases are hard to prosecute to begin with.
Most don't seem to be like this. Is your litmus test for a problem simply that it happens sometimes...? If so, sure, but you have a fairly low tolerance for the stupid things the world drops on our plate... Rough life, but it is what it is.
Now, the more prevalent thing I see is people screaming for heads to roll, no questions to be asked, and screaming harder when people are faced with concepts like the presumption of innocence, and people giving advice like 'there are bad people out there, protect yourself'. These things are not victim blaming. They are important realities.
Everyone deserves their day in court, fair prosecution. And most people take precautions against criminals when vulnerable, like locking their doors, and not walking down dark alleys at night.
The question doesn't mention what crime is perpetrated on the victim being blamed, yet 4 responses on the other side, up to this point, assume the crime is rape.
No woman ever lies about sexual assault or rape is an outright, persistent lie on the part of 'female supremacist' or 'feminine extremist' who've hijacked the name 'feminism.' The sad thing is that there're men who actually believe this falsehood called rape culture as well.
Are there no victims of other crimes who are subject to 'victim blaming?' No other crimes where a person's memory could be clouded by the intense trauma that they shouldn't be further tormented by having to re-live the whole thing in court?
Victim blaming is far too often one of the excuses used to shame those who point to inconsistencies in a rape victims testimony, or point to behaviour that suggest consent was given. It's not hard to see the what goals of the female supremacist are when it comes to the crime of rape. Rape is the new malleus maleficarum, by which a person's life can be destroyed by using false testamony in a court of law.
Although female supremacist and their supporters in the mainstream media keep trying to brainwash us into believing women never lie about rape, other's in the same mainstream media show us the truth where women are charged and jailed for lying about being raped.
Here's a couple of articles about women who were not rape victims, so victim blaming didn't apply to them.
Article about 109 women convicted of false rape
12 women who lied about being raped
Here's an articles about a woman who a victim on the other side: her male loved one falsely accused of rape.
Jay Cheshire killed himself after a false rape allegation, his mother then killed herself in reaction to his suicide. Would questioning Jay's accuser's testimony be considered 'victim blaming?'
So the question again is why is rape the only crime where women never lie and they maybe confused about what happened because trauma, that's why their recount of what happened maybe inconsistent?
How come this never happens if the woman is a victim of a home invasion, a robber, a mugging, or even domestic violence?