In light of the story reported by Gawker of a Canadian judge asking a rape victim why she didn’t just keep her knees together, this piece from blue milk discussing the underlying absurdity of victim-blaming seems most appropriate:
. . . Don’t be adventurous, that is being stupid and stupid women get raped. Don’t be silent, who can be expected to know you didn’t want to be raped. Don’t be intimidated, that can signal weakness and will get you raped. . .
From Amelia Bentley’s article in the brisbane times (my use of bold in the excerpt below):
A 17-year-old girl’s drunken night out at Brisbane club Friday’s led to her alleged violation and rape by two men, one of whom would later tell police he believed she had consented to sex because “she didn’t say no … she didn’t do anything”.
In the bedroom, the girl had consensual sex with a man and after he left the bedroom she saw three men enter the room, close the door and then some or all of the men engaged in sex acts with her.
Mr McCarthy said in the girl’s own words, at this time she was “really out of it” and “tried to move away but couldn’t” and that she had been in and out of consciousness during the incident.
Well, you get the picture.
Don’t go out and…
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