Society and Victim Blaming

Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault

Ugh. God. I just have to get this off my chest.

Reading about the results of the Steubenville rape trial pisses me off. There are few things I hate more than victim blaming/shaming. The cries of “oh, these poor boys, their football dreams are dashed!” make me grit my teeth. News flash: A girl/guy being drunk or skimpily dressed is not a goddamn invitation to violate her/him. I never asked to be groped, to have kisses forced on me, and worse things that I won’t/can’t mention here. It pisses me off when men blame the victim, but it pisses me off even more when women do the victim blaming to other women (and I would hate it if it were men blaming male victims too). Where is the empathy? I just… I really can’t believe this kind of crap.

I’m very touchy about rape and sexual abuse of any type in my reading. There are reasons for me feeling that way, and so things like this sometimes just send me off the handle. I cry for these girls, for anyone who’s gone through it, male or female, and my heart hurts.

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About Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she's known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it's only in a book.

Posted on March 19, 2013, in rant and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “Were is the empathy” indeed. I think 99% of all problems would be gone if people used their empathy just a little bit more.

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