Change our Culture: Stop Victim Blaming
The solution to ending gender-based violence should not be centered around more victims reporting their assaults or changing their behaviors. The focus should be changing our societal culture that promotes sexual violence and condones such behaviors. It's time we placed the responsibility where it belongs.
"The common advice we hear about “how not to get raped” – stay sober, use a buddy system – isn’t just ineffective. It also preserves the power structures that perpetuate violence.
Conversations about rape often ease assailants’ culpability by fixating on strategies survivors supposedly should have used to avoid assault. These tactics are detached from the reality of sexual violence. Most survivors – women, men and gender-nonconforming people – know their assailant, and drunken people do not stumble into getting raped; rapists use alcohol as a weapon.
Such victim blaming persists for the same reason rape persists: historically entrenched power imbalances along lines like gender, race and class allow rape to be tolerated, evenencouraged, when perpetrated by members of dominant groups."
Look on the right side of the page for a few "This Built Upon" inspirations that present potential solutions for changing our culture around victim blaming.
Blame Rape’s Enablers, Not the Victims