Thursday, November 24, 2005

Rape Myths in the UK

An Amnesty Report indicates that a third (34%) of people in the UK believe that a woman is partially or totally responsible for being raped if she has behaved in a flirtatious manner.

Some responses and their excerpts:

Echidne
"Wouldn't it be interesting to conduct a survey about mugging victims' culpability in their muggings? If I was creating one of these surveys I'd ask whether driving an expensive car makes the victim partly responsible for the crime of carjacking or if checking the time with ones Rolex in plain view contributes to the arm being cut off when the watch is stolen."

Deanna Zandt from Alternet
"By focusing continually on the situations that women are subjected to rape, we reinforce the victim's 'participation' in the crime, and remove the subject -- the rapist -- from responsibility."

Lakshmi Chaudhry from Alternet
"The really, really sad part: there isn't much of a gender difference in those numbers. Apparently, even English women think that the bitch is just asking for it."

Feministing
"And people have the nerve to ask me why I’m a feminist."

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