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UK Survey Says: Women Should Take Some Blame For Rape

Most women know that it's dangerous to get too wasted, leave a drink unattended, or go home with a stranger from a bar. But this emphasis on precaution might be sustaining the attitude that when a woman is raped, she must have "asked for it."

A new survey from the UK reveals that many people believe a woman should bear some of the responsibility when she is sexually assaulted. And according to the demographic breakdown, women are more prepared to blame rape victims. Here's a look at some of the more shocking statistics:

  • 56 percent of respondents think a sexual assault victim should be held partly accountable in certain circumstances.
  • 28 percent thought people wearing revealing clothes should take some of the blame for sexual assault.
  • 23 percent of women said if a victim danced provocatively at a club, she should take some responsibility.
  • 71 percent of women said a person should accept responsibility for sexual assault if they got into bed with someone, compared to 57 percent of men.

By definition a rape victim cannot choose to be raped, but a rapist does choose to rape her. Why do you think the women in the survey were more likely than the men to divide responsibility among rapist and victim?

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babyjane3 babyjane3 5 years
Many women who have been raped have been innocently going about their lives on a day to day basis. It happens at any time and any place. It can happen with a friend, a boyfriend,a family member and a complete stranger invading your space. Rape is an act of Hate, Control and Violence-it has nothing to do with sex. Nothing to do with provocativeness.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
mix tape: maybe you could have prevented it... maybe not. Plese don't blame yourself. Have you talked to anyone about this ?
mix-tape mix-tape 5 years
Reading all of these comments has helped me process something I've been tormented with since October. I was nearly raped by an acquaintance after I irresponsibly drank too much with him. I trusted that I wouldn't be harmed because I knew him, but he tried taking advantage of me when I was too intoxicated to know better. Thankfully I was able to fight him off and run outside, but I have been blaming myself for my actions. I still feel disappointed that I let myself get to that point because that is not in my character. However, I didn't deserve what he tried to do to me, but I could have prevented it.
TammyO TammyO 5 years
This is horrible! What about child predators! Are the children to blame for the heinous acts that are commited on them?? Sexual assault is about control and violence certainly not about sex. My grandmother sadly had the same opinion that it's the woman's fault since there were too many women "going around with their skirts too high and asking for it". Yes, she did. One of the few time my granny and I got into a huge argument. :(
secondstar secondstar 5 years
"rape is about CONTROL not about sex"Thank you, mamasita, for saying that. I feel like I've heard this a million times (from Cosmo articles to Law and Order: SVU and everything in between) and yet somehow, so many people don't know this.
secondstar secondstar 5 years
"rape is about CONTROL not about sex" Thank you, mamasita, for saying that. I feel like I've heard this a million times (from Cosmo articles to Law and Order: SVU and everything in between) and yet somehow, so many people don't know this.
cdelaney cdelaney 5 years
This is pretty disheartening. I think that some girls are unaware of the situations that they can put themselves in--perhaps being too trusting of certain individuals, but it in no way assigns blame to the victim! Wow, wearing somewhat revealing clothing and dancing "provocatively" justify rape? Then I must be just dangling the bait each time I go out with friends! This is beyond ridiculous. Are the rapists no longer held accountable for anything? "The girls made them do it...they asked for it..." No one asks to be raped...unfortunately I have several friends who have been victims of rape...and it isn't something they asked for or brought upon themselves.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 5 years
This is disgusting. No one ever ASKS to be raped!
zeze zeze 5 years
I can see some valid point to the study...I think some of you might be misunderstanding what these people mean by "some of the blame" or maybe I am understanding it differently.The way I see it, blame is not a zero-sum game, it is not like if the woman is 20% to blame then automatically the guy is 80% to blame and so on...I think men who rape, whether in clear cases of rape (random victim, breaks into her house..etc..) and to those not-so-clear cases (ex bf, had too much to drink, woman was flirty, but maintains she said NO when it counted) in both those cases the rapist is a rapist, is a rapist! He is to blame for his actions, 100%, as an adult he MUST be held accountable to overstepping his boundaries and committing a disgusting act.That said, the woman can sometimes hold a totally separate and totally unrelated kind of blame, the blame for not being vigilant enough in a rough word. And it is not necessarily being provocative and dancing at clubs - but going to a club alone, consuming too much alcohol when you are alone and impairing you mobility and judgement without having a backup plan, going home with a stranger and getting trapped in a bad situation.Those women, even if it were my sister or best-friend, even if I don't have the heart to say it to her face, inside I would be disappointed in how stupid, reckless and irresponsible she acted. That in no way means I think the rapist is less to blame or that the girl was "asking for it" it just means that sometimes stupid actions lead to bad things happening and those who are not smart enough to plan ahead and make safe decisions end up having to deal with the consequences and need to understand and accept that unless they change their behavior, bad things will likely happen to them again.
zeze zeze 5 years
I can see some valid point to the study...I think some of you might be misunderstanding what these people mean by "some of the blame" or maybe I am understanding it differently. The way I see it, blame is not a zero-sum game, it is not like if the woman is 20% to blame then automatically the guy is 80% to blame and so on... I think men who rape, whether in clear cases of rape (random victim, breaks into her house..etc..) and to those not-so-clear cases (ex bf, had too much to drink, woman was flirty, but maintains she said NO when it counted) in both those cases the rapist is a rapist, is a rapist! He is to blame for his actions, 100%, as an adult he MUST be held accountable to overstepping his boundaries and committing a disgusting act. That said, the woman can sometimes hold a totally separate and totally unrelated kind of blame, the blame for not being vigilant enough in a rough word. And it is not necessarily being provocative and dancing at clubs - but going to a club alone, consuming too much alcohol when you are alone and impairing you mobility and judgement without having a backup plan, going home with a stranger and getting trapped in a bad situation. Those women, even if it were my sister or best-friend, even if I don't have the heart to say it to her face, inside I would be disappointed in how stupid, reckless and irresponsible she acted. That in no way means I think the rapist is less to blame or that the girl was "asking for it" it just means that sometimes stupid actions lead to bad things happening and those who are not smart enough to plan ahead and make safe decisions end up having to deal with the consequences and need to understand and accept that unless they change their behavior, bad things will likely happen to them again.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
This angers me because my mom was sexually assaulted. Anyone who says a woman is partly to blame has either never been raped themselves or had someone they love be raped. This "survey" is nonsense.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 5 years
rape is about CONTROL not about sex. provocatively dressed women have nothing to do with a rapist's violent act
Lyv Lyv 5 years
... ? Why else would someone have such an insensitive and retrograde opinion on such a serious matter ?
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Lyv Lyv 5 years
I feel almost as sorry for this uneducated, sexually unfulfilled individuals as I do for the rape victims who have to listen to this crap... :(
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Sick. And sad. And sadly - not surprising.I can't find it online but there is an article likening the "she asked for it" article to a man wearing an expensive suit who gets robbed.It's so so sad when the victim is victimized.
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