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How Much Longer Are We Going to Continue to Treat Victims as Villains?

Rape victims say military labels them crazy

Banned from Kickstarter for being a stalking victim.

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.

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  1. April 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for standing up for victims.

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  2. Sum Bitch
    May 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Well, that’s rich. Meanwhile, other ppl get ignored, teased, taunted, “monitored”, followed, eavesdropped upon, spied on, have nightmares on a regular basis, are uncomfortable in their own homes, yet are uncomfortable about leaving their homes unnattended. They are insomniacs, who don’t like the idea of falling asleep, especially when alone, yet sleep too much when finally so exhausted that they must which results in their feeling very angry with themselves for their laxness in security/being off their guard. After all, they have been stalked and harassed on and offline in so many ways for so many years by countless individuals. Having had endured personal tragedies, losses, illnesses, breakdowns, rapes, losing all hope, giving up, wanting to be numb. Who could blame them? Oh yes, the very same ppl who stalk, ridicule, harass, torture, practice smear campaigns against their “targets”, spreading rumours, lies, hearsay, info. theft and manipulation of the targeted individual via a variety of illegal means, trespassing, breaking and entering, property damage, tampering with their mail, turning all sorts of ppl known and unknown, mostly, against them. And the person affected may or may not be aware of these activities or at least not connect events and incidents etc. together. Also, these creeps are good at hiding info. from their targets while tons of others are seemingly “in the know”, at least to varying degrees. Whatever That Might Mean. And as for Police Assistance? Forget About It. No one will help. No one gives a shit. And no one can be trusted. Ppl like these stalkers deserve horrible penalties and punishments, they are a plague upon society, and get away with actual murders, and more.

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    • May 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Well said my friend.

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    • Sedate Me
      May 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      If there’s one thing you can count on about the police, it’s that the level of their response is directly proportional to the social status of the victim. That, and the likelihood that the case will grab headlines.

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  1. May 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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