Posts Tagged ‘victim blaming’

VSU Police Department Removes Absurd Sexual Assault Prevention Tips

As some commenters have noted, Georgia's Valdosta State University has apparently removed its Sexual Assault Prevention tips page that gave us such ludicrous pointers as "If you get on the elevator on the 25th floor, and the Boogie Man gets on the 22nd, get off when he gets on," and "[gouging a dude's eyes out] [...]

Victim Blaming and Transgender Rape Victims

Last year, we dredged the ugliest depths of victim blaming when a middle-school girl was gang-raped outside her homecoming dance, and a bunch of assholes got on the Internet to shame her for drinking alcohol. Thought that was bad? Consider what happens when a rape accusation is coming from a trans woman.
Yesterday, the New York [...]

Judge Rules Groping Victim Too Hot Not to Ogle

On Aug. 17, 2008, an Ottawa waitress in her early 20's came down with some abdominal pain, so she left her early-morning shift to check into the emergency room at a local hospital. There, the woman alleged, an emergency room orderly repeatedly entered her exam room, ogled her, asked if she had a boyfriend, grazed [...]

Ask Amy Responds to Rape Criticism. She Still Doesn’t Get It.

"Ask Amy" advice columnist Amy Dickinson has finally (publicly) responded to criticism of her recent column in which she told a rape victim she was the "victim of your own awful judgment," shied away from using the word "rape," and instructed her to consult her rapist "in order to determine what happened." Today, Dickinson printed [...]

The Date Rape Drug Is An Urban Myth. Let’s Put It to Rest.

This week, a study in the British Journal of Criminology announced that "date rape drugs" are "largely an urban myth," as "there is a stark contrast between heightened perceptions of risk associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault and a lack of evidence that this is a wide-spread threat." Several sites for women met the news with [...]