Who to Blame: Taking the Woman’s side

Photo Courtesy of Eye Art Collective: An artist from Eye Art Collective that expressed “No More Rape Culture” using art on a wall.

Photo Courtesy of Eye Art Collective: An artist from Eye Art Collective that expressed “No More Rape Culture” using art on a wall.

Brianna Willis, DVC News Editor

 

“It’s been such a long week and all I want is pizza and Netflix.”

 

Kelly Jones went to Dominoes to pick up her pineapple and canadian bacon pizza where she saw her friends Katie and Ashley. They explained how they were headed to a party and Kelly should come with them. Initially, Kelly didn’t want to go because she “looked bummy” but her friends assured her that everything would be fine.

 

Kelly finally decided to go to the party with her friends but she wanted to be under the radar and she did not partake in alcohol or drugs. She was sitting on the couch by herself until Travis Dunningham, the captain of the football team, grabbed her hand to dance. Kelly began to forget about wanting to fly under the radar and started to have a good time with Travis.

 

Before she knew it, Travis was leading her to his dorm room. When she realized where she was she tried to leave the building, but Travis used his strength to pull her in his bedroom. She tried to yell and scream but he kept forcing himself on her.

 

She was raped.

 

Why was Kelly raped? In many rape cases, the aggressor tends to blame the victim for leading them on by their attire; that was not the case for Kelly.

 

We cannot blame women for being raped simply because of their clothes, or even at all; women should be able to express themselves.

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center explains that “men only take up 9% of rape cases” because men have more options for clothing without having to worry about someone raping them.

 

17.7 million American women have been raped according to Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics; we can’t blame all 17.7 million American woman rape cases on the women themselves, or anything other than the perpetrators.

 

Roni Rabin from the New York Times asserts that “nearly 1 in 5 women surveyed have been raped,” but most do not report it because they believe that many will think that the woman is to blame.

 

Rachael Rettner from Live Science suggest that women can “identify risky situations, trust [their] feeling, understand that predators can be someone [they] know, and use verbal or physical resistance.”

 

Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics claims that any women ages 12-34 are at highest risk of being raped. A 12 year old girl, not even a teenager yet, is not always able to identify when she is in a risky situation or know when an adult she knows is trying to take intimate steps with her.

 

Before you blame the rape victims for the situation, think twice. It is always the aggressors fault.