Posts tagged "victim-blaming"

Eric Garner Activists Have Released 11 Demands To Reform The NYPD

Activists have released a list of 11 demands for reform of the NYPD following the no-indictment decision on Eric Garner’s murder. [Huffington Post] The CIA torture report, Ferguson, and the NSA have shown us that only government authorities can do wrong and get away with it scot-free. [Daily Dot]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 11, 2014

Why Aren’t Victims Of Cults Treated With More Seriousness And Respect?

Yesterday, I wrote a response to a Refinery 29 profile of an anonymous Scientologist named "Elaine" which I believe glossed over very serious allegations of abuse within the Church and ultimately served as a piece of PR masquerading as "journalism."…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 21, 2014

We’ve Got You Covered In Case You Didn’t Know You Needed A Magic Rape-Prevention Facial Expression

Sheesh, I don’t know what these silly broads are so mad about. Ramapo College in New Jersey had their coordinator of Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention lead a super-helpful presentation on college sexual assault. It included the completely innocent suggestion that women learn how to not invite rape with their outfits and practice…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 5, 2014

Miss America Pageant Has Platform To Educate On Domestic Violence, Chooses Victim-Blaming Instead

Given the dismal state of international headlines these past few weeks, the Miss America pageant had a whole host of issues to draw from when putting together the question and answer portion of the competition. The question judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida during the Sunday night competition started off with an impactful topic --…
By: Claire Hannum / September 16, 2014

Blogger Fixes UK’s Victim-Blaming Alcohol/Rape PSA

Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on the ground laughing, says, "One in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking." With a Photoshop edit from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2014

On “Big Brother 16,” Caleb Reynolds’ Unrequited Obsession & The Offensiveness Of Calling Amber Borzotra A “Tease”

Last week, I wrote about Caleb Reynolds', a houseguest on "Big Brother 16," and his unrequited romantic obsession with fellow player Amber Borzotra. While the television show has gone out of their way not to draw attention to Caleb's out of whack…
By: ABorzotra.com / July 17, 2014

The Washington Post Says Women Should Stop Slutting Around And Get Married If They Want To End Violence Against Women

Just a day after columnist George Will wrote about the "privileges" rape victims receive, The Washington Post has seemingly doubled down on the victim-blaming with an article in their (crowd-sourced but still edited) Post Everything section which says women would be safer from domestic violence…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 10, 2014

Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto Compares Campus Sexual Assault To Drunk Driving

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is pretty much that douchey frat boy who you never invite to a party, but somehow ends up there anyway , and you wish he would just go somewhere far, far away so you never had to think about all the obnoxious things he's said. Remember him? He called…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

Two Girls Who Were Raped By New Zealand’s “Roast Busters” Were Reportedly Told They Were “Asking For It” By Police

Yesterday, we told you about the "Roast Busters," a disgusting sort of "club" in New Zealand where the members are privileged teen boys who lure teenage girls with alcohol, get them drunk, gang rape them…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 6, 2013

SMU Columnist Says Rapists “Can’t Be The Only Ones Taking Blame”

Men will rape us no matter, apparently! So if won't don't want to get sexually assaulted, us ladies have to "give up over drinking [sic]." This is according to a facepalm-y new column in Southern Methodist University The Daily Campus newspaper by someone named Kirby Wiley.   "In order to prevent future victims,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Police In South Carolina Criticized For Warning College Of Charleston Students About Sexual Assaults Because They Mentioned Drinking

Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were right to warn students on Tuesday after two sexual assaults were reported near the campus. But were they right to include in the warning the fact that the victims had both been drinking and to include statistics about alcohol and sexual assault? …
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013

Ohio University Student In Hiding After MRA Website Misidentifies Her As A “False Rape Accuser”

Last week, a video which showed a young man giving oral sex to a young woman in public in Athens, Ohio, went viral. Shortly thereafter, the unidentified woman reported that the video -- shot on October 12 -- actually depicted not a consensual sex act, but a sexual assault. This week, a men's rights website…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2013

Fox News Guest On Maryville Rape Victim: “There Are Telltale Signs This Girl Is Actually Lying”

"There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up. But when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

The Soapbox: Slate Tells Young Women To “Stop Getting Drunk,” Majorly Misses The Mark On Alcohol & Rape

Slate.com's modus operandi is to troll the hell out of everyone. Today's piece by Dear Prudence author Emily Yoffe, "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk," is a classic example. In her piece, Yoffe recounts a statistic from a 2009 study that 80 percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol.  She then gives what she thinks i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2013

Second Maryville Rape Victim, Paige Parkhurst, Comes Forward

Paige Parkhurst, the second victim in the Maryville, Missouri rape case, has come forward to speak with Al-Jazeera about the night she and Daisy Coleman were sexually assaulted. Paige was 13 at the time and sleeping over at the house of her then-14-year-old friend Daisy. The girls were drinking alcohol together and snuck…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2013

Daisy Coleman, Maryville Rape Survivor, And Mother Melinda Coleman Speak To CNN

So much respect is going out right now from me to Daisy Coleman, the 14-year-old girl in Maryville, Missouri teen who has come forward about her mistreatment by the justice system after she was raped by a student athlete — who also happened to be the grandson of a local politician. Last night Daisy and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

14-Year-Old Girl Is Raped And Left To Freeze On Her Front Porch, Town Of Maryville, Missouri Rallies Behind Her Attacker

In January 2012, Daisy Coleman, then 14 years old, attended a junior high/high school party in Maryville, MO, the town she and her family had recently moved to following her dad's untimely death. At that party, Daisy became intoxicated to the point of being unable to stand; she was then allegedly raped…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 14, 2013

Beijing Police Suggest Women Avoid Miniskirts To Prevent Sexual Harassment

The story is always the same: officials find it too hard to tell men to control themselves and not sexually harass women, so they place the responsibility and blame on women instead. In this instance, Chinese police have asked women to refrain from wearing revealing clothing on buses or subways. According to China Daily ,“Women should not…
By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

University Of Arizona Is Totally Cool With Student Holding “You Deserve Rape” Sign On Campus

A University Of Arizona junior named Dean Saxton was photographed last Tuesday standing on campus holding a sign reading "You Deserve Rape" while yelling insults at students. Saxton, who fancies himself a preacher and delivers sermons on campus, told the Daily Wildcat newspaper, emphasis mine, "If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you're…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2013

The Best Of The #SafetyTipsForLadies Hashtag

Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called "Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming." Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious "tips" for women days after the original…
By: Sarah Gray / March 30, 2013
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