How Much Longer Are We Going to Continue to Treat Victims as Villains?
What do these two articles have in common? They both tell the story of women who are victims of rape, sexual abuse, and stalking. In addition, both articles recount how the victims are dismissed; the first article talks about women in the military who after reporting rape and sexual abuse to their superiors, are suddenly diagnosed with personality disorders, and discharged without any benefits. Meanwhile, their attackers are free to continue on in the military, probably to attack yet more women who serve alongside them. The second article details the story of a woman who has been harassed by the same cyber stalker for over a decade; in this instance, because of the cyber stalker, she is banned from the site Kickstarter, the “number one crowdfunding site in the world.”
These two articles are but a microcosm of how our society treats those who would dare to become a victim of sexual and hate crimes. Women who would dare to report rape and sexual abuse are crazy or asking for it. A woman who is stalked over the internet is banned for drawing spam from her stalker. Homosexuals who are victims of hate crimes had it coming because they are sexual deviants. Young black men are gunned down because they must be involved in gang activity, or looking to break into someone’s house. The fact is that if you are someone who is one the outside of the white male christian patriarchy, you are a fringe member of society, and should you be attacked, your victim-hood is subject to white male christian scrutiny. It’s disgusting, but it’s true.
So how do we as a society over come this mindset? I think the case of Trayvon Martin speaks volumes as to how: In spite of the attacks on his character from the conservative factions in our country, enough people banded together created enough furor that law enforcement was pushed to take action. Outrage must be publicized, and those who have had enough of the marginalization and character assassination of those who dare to be victims must band together and attack the good old boy way of thinking of those who feverishly defend the status quo of white male privilege.
It’s time to do the right thing, It’s time to stop treating the victim as a villain.
- Banned from Kickstarter for Being a Stalking Victim (rachelmarone.com)
- Prisons chief admits failings in service over sexual abuse (guardian.co.uk)
- when a male child sexual abuse survivor speaks out (morvensblog.wordpress.com)
- RCASA Friday Facts: Some Facts About Sexual Assault (rcasa.wordpress.com)
- One in Three Teenage Girls Sexually Abused by Boyfriend (socyberty.com)
- 8 Women Sue Military for ‘High Tolerance’ of Rape (newser.com)
- Fox Pundit Says Women In The Military Should ‘Expect’ To Be Raped (federaljack.com)
- Former Marine Responds To Fox News Pundit’s Assertion That Rape In The Military Is To Be Expected (thegloss.com)