Victim Blaming Women

Good Essays
In American society, 1 out of 3 women deal with the issue of rape and are facing double-standards surrounding victim blaming. In contrast to men, women often blamed for being in the wrong locations, wearing the wrong type of clothing, being around alcohol or drugs. Experts might say that the trend of blaming and victimizing women for crimes committed against them represents the overall issues of hatred towards the female gender in the United States. The offense of rape has been denied in our society over and over again for centuries. In fact, adding other physical and mental trauma of not validating a victim 's experience lends to making her feeling useless and unsafe. The blaming of a rape victim before, during and after the act of sex marginalizes …show more content…
In addition to her rape, the rapist used a shoe lace string to tie her hands up and a knife from her kitchen. During the attack, she was blindfolded and could not see anything but pitch black. Also, he had on a mask. That same night the rapist took pictures of her and went through her things. In addition to that he knew her name and pleaded that if she told anyone, he would put her pictures on the internet. According to "Research suggests that sexual assaults involving nonstrangers are particularly unlikely to be reported.It is unclear, however, whether victims of sexual assaults are more reluctant to report the incident than victims of physical assaults when they know the offender. Perhaps the reluctance to report reflects more general inhibitions related to knowing an offender and it does not matter whether the aggression has a sexual element. Only a comparison of reporting for sexual and physical assault will reveal whether sexual assaults by nonstrangers are particularly unlikely to be reported"(Sarah M. Guerette, Sandra L. Caron). When Marie go raped she did not turn to the police first instead, she called her mother and then decided what to to do. Then after they called the cops but the situation did not seem so real that they made a report about her rapist due to everything that he used was in her home and was very careful about what he did. According to studies "In another case, relationships between the victim and known assailant are …show more content…
In Marie’s care, her family was not sure about her raped case due to her actions. She did not seem like she was upset. She started to call many people telling them about her situations and to make them know someone came into her home and what they did. Also, her family thought that she was lying about her situation. To demonstrate one day Marie and her mother went shopping to buy her new bedspreads because they took her old one for evidence, Marie decided to pick out the same exact bedspread that she had when she was sexually assaulted. Following, her decisions, thus made her mother very skeptical about if she got raped because nothing seems to change with her behavior. Besides Marie is doing what she did before she got raped when her mother questioned her about getting the same bed spread this made Marie anger. According to studies “Victims of acquaintance rape often do not report their ordeal to the authorities. Due perhaps to beliefs surrounding sexual assaults of this nature that portray ‘‘acquaintance’’ rape as less ‘‘real’’ than ‘‘stranger’’ rape and, therefore, less likely to go to trial and receive a conviction(La Free, 1988). For example, Marie experienced her rape situation very different from how her family, thought she would have reacted. After being raped, she was scared and shaking. Traumatized by the situation and thinking could have lost her life that night. A few days later she decided to call a

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    One of my favorite moments is during the pretrial Alice speaks about the rape, attempting to convince the jury members of her pain and suffering that the rapist, Gregory Madison, has caused her. After the trial, Alice felt alone and upset that Gregory Madison stole her virginity and she longed for a memorable first-time experience. When she had drinks with a boy named Jamie she liked from class she told him about the rape and lied when he asked if she had been with anyone else. They ended up having sex, and Alice soon regretted her decision. I felt pain for Alice in this instance, as she wanted to be normal and forget about the traumatic event.…

    • 1706 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    She wasn 't able to walk around by herself and every little action was controlled by her parents. However, she was able to figure out a way to see her partner. This form of stubbornness developed as a anti-statement to her parent 's control. Next, she was pregnant and while she was hiding her pregnancy from people, the news were spread in town. In this part of the story, I was disgusted by the boyfriends action of not respecting his girlfriend and violating her privacy.…

    • 2020 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Masago was shown weak in the story by her expressions, her emotions, and her position. A woman being assaulted is the most insufferable experience one can go through. Masago thinks of she is worthless after getting raped. Masago also looked weak because her lack of virtue by getting raped. Her virtue with her husband was in jeopardy after getting raped.…

    • 869 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The act of victim blaming has been discussed in the class many times and has somewhat timed into rape culture in discussions but there was one piece of victim blaming that was very hard hitting. In Carissa’s memoir she is talking about when Icey made her smoke crack and she starts faking a seizure and calls her mother asking her to come and pick her up and all that her own mother says in response is “Honey you ran away, you got yourself there. You can get yourself home, can’t you?”(72). Carissa’s mother is blaming her for the situation she is i. Yes, Carissa chose to run away but she did not choose to be forced into doing crack and being a prostitute.…

    • 877 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The manner in which they are acknowledged is ignorant, because of the arrogant county and belief to undermine women. The stereotype and disrespect these women get even as early as childhood and adulthood; they are abused and at times raped in the arrange marriage…

    • 1435 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    People do not acknowledge that something that they may do or say in daily life is define in a rape culture. For example, an explicit joke about sex is considered to be a rape culture (“Women’s Center”). It may be defending to some women to make joke and bragging about it on social media. “Rape culture” actually exist and it is getting worst everyday. Now women all over the country are living in fear because there is no safety in being a women (“Women’s…

    • 1350 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Harriet Jacobs Trials

    • 1750 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The reasons for the removal varied and changed from a drug conviction that the city already knew about before the adoption, to mental health issues because she used Ambien, a medication commonly prescribed for insomnia, to fall asleep. Every Mother is a Working Mother (EMWM) saw her case as an example of a problem seen all over the world: “Poverty and a lack of opportunity become an excuse to separate children from their families” (Jaffe). Their specific grievance was the agencies complaining that she did not possess a GED. The current system 's response to a family 's economic hardship is to remove the child instead of providing services and financial resources. Keeping that in mind when considering “one-third of children in foster care are black, despite black children making up only 15 percent of the nation 's children” (Jaffe) and a pattern emerges.…

    • 1750 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Billy and Kristen like each other so Kristen decides to sleep with him and goes to his frat house, rape occurred when she asked Billy to stop and put on a condom. He didn’t stop and she started to scream and she finally kicks him off of her and runs. Like most cases of rape she did not report because of fear of humiliation, 67% of date rape situation are committed by people who know one another (U.S. Bureau of justice Statistics, 2005). Singleton made gender stratification a clear point he want to call attention to in the book. The name gender stratification means the unequal distribution or wealth, power and privilege between woman and men.…

    • 1107 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Injustice Against Women

    • 1050 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Rape and sexual assault cases typically go unreported to police because of rape myths, intoxication of the offender and/or victim, or the offender is a friend or acquaintance. These factors can create distrust between the victim, law enforcement as well as the correctional system, because the victim can feel as if they are being blamed for their victimization. Rape myths tend to be more prominent among law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and juries, which can have compromising results for the victim. By reducing rape myths women will feel more comfortable reporting their victimization to the police. When under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol women tend to blame their selves for their victimization experience.…

    • 1050 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Battered Woman Syndrome can be viewed as sexist for many reasons. Firstly, battered woman syndrome can paint women as irrational being that have no control impulse control in regards to potential mental illness. Already element of inequality because it sexist to believe that only women get abused in relationships. A man who had been battered will not viewed with compassion by a jury the same way a woman…

    • 1601 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays

Related Topics