Victim Blaming

This came across my facebook feed this morning.  It is a wonderful parody of how our society blames victims for the crimes committed against them.  While it seems absurd for a crime like arson, it is very common with rape victims.

It is never okay to blame a rape victim for what happened.  Nothing anyone does excuses rape.  If someone is not capable of giving clear and enthusiastic consent, then it is rape.  No one asks for it.  No one deserves it.  No one should have to suffer it in the first place, and then again when trying to get help.  It is never the victim's fault.

Today I also happened to read a short article - which I have since lost, alas - about how lesbian women are being raped in order to "fix" them.  This is not a new concept, and is considered by many the best way to "convert" a homosexual individual.  This is not true, under any circumstances.

Just to be clear, I do not support or condone rape.  I do not support or condone arson.  I do not support or condone the comments in the image below.  I do not support or condone the culture of victim-blaming.

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