Picking Cotton Analysis

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Victims of rape are sometimes led to believe it was their fault that the horrific crime occurred. This is utterly disgusting to even try to pin the blame on the victim. Victims of rape are not at fault. A person's attire, looks, alcohol consumption, sexuality, gender, and/or race does not give anyone permission to take advantage of them. There is no excuse for anyone to commit such a despicable crime. Victims are sometimes ridiculed and looked down upon and this must stop. A change of culture needs to take place and victims of rape need to be treated with respect and dignity and not as the reason the assault took place. Blaming a victim has become common in sexual assault cases and this victim blaming needs to end NOW! Someone that has been …show more content…
During the trail against her alleged rapist, the attorney used victim blaming as part of the defense strategy. During the trail the defense stated “He wanted to know if I pulled down the blinds enough so that no one saw me in my “panties.” Every time he said the word, he loaded it as if only someone who would be asking for rape would wear them” (Thompson-Cannino 65). To blame a female victim for wearing underwear and asking if the blinds are closed are a poor defense. First, if you look at in the context the defense attorney used one could argue that any female that wears “panties” or that leaves blinds open can be raped! This is completely and utterly disgusting, what someone wears or if their blinds are closed is no excuse for any crime, especially rape. Blaming the victim for the perpetrators actions is often used in court settings. This needs to stop, the only person to blame is the person that committed the crime. Blaming the victim adds to the pain and hurt that one is already going through. This added pain needs to stop; the victim needs to heal and not have to relive the horrific crime all over again. When presented with what “if” scenarios it makes the victim think that maybe they should have done something different. When it was never their fault to begin

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