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Blaming the Victim

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Women were blamed for their own assault because of the way they dress, speak, their behavior such as being too friendly and also for not avoiding the situation. Offenders and society practice and enforce victim-blaming, forcing victims to be silenced and to hide away, it inflicts self-blame and it causes shame and humiliation while also causing victims to doubt their own self-worth. First the essay discusses how victim-blaming results in a lack of convictions, followed by explaining how the negative social reactions effect the victim with an example of a pass rape case involving victim-blaming. Then finally the essay gives a conclusion stating why women should not be blamed for their assault and how to help limit victim-blaming statements.

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Blaming the Victim



Victim-blaming is a phenomenon that has been happening since at least the beginning of recorded history and it occurs when the victim of abuse is held responsible for the actions committed against them. Women were blamed for their own assault because of the way they dress, speak, their behavior such as being too friendly and also for not avoiding the situation. Offenders and society practice and enforce victim-blaming, forcing victims to be silenced and to hide away, it inflicts self-blame and it causes shame and humiliation while also causing victims to doubt their own self-worth. First the essay discusses how victim-blaming results in a lack of convictions, followed by explaining how the negative social reactions effect the victim with an example of a pass rape case involving victim-blaming. Then finally the essay gives a conclusion stating why women should not be blamed for their assault and how to help limit victim-blaming statements.
For a woman to live her entire life prepending to be who she isn’t by dressing and acting differently than she wants, only to limit her chances of being abused can be dehumanizing, it deprives her of her personal identity therefore she cannot be happy. According to Kwane Appiah “happiness includes individuality, freedom and autonomy” more specifically, Appiah is making it clear that for a woman to be happy she have to embrace who she is freely and independently. Therefore a woman should not be blamed for her assault because she embraces who she is. Blaming the victim can also result in a lack of convictions. Manchester Evening News reported that in the last six years, 12,879 sexual offences were reported and of these 1,078 were found guilty and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) failed to charge the suspect in one of these cases because of the victim wore a crop top and was called a “slag” by a family member which is another degrading name like “slut” or “whore” as if this was an acceptable reason to be raped. The lack of convictions and failure to charge the offender affects victims psychologically and also make them want to keep their abuse a secret. If the victim knows that society blames her for the abuse, she will feel as though there is no point in reaching out for help because she will be the only one blamed for her attack while the attacker is free and unpunished. When victims keep such a dark, painful secret it can cause depression and may result in a mental breakdown which affects their entire lives.
Victims are treated insensitively by the people who says negative things towards them such as “she asked for it” and “she ...

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