She looks the type

 

MYTH: The woman was drunk / took drugs / had a bad reputation / was hitch-hiking / wore tight clothes / seduced him / probably got what she was asking for

 

FACT: If a person is unconscious or their judgement is impaired by alcohol or drugs. legally they are unable to give consent.  Having non-consensual sex with a person who is intoxicated is sexual assault.

Rapists use a variety of excuses to attempt to discredit the women they rape and to justify their crime.  No woman asks or deserves to be raped or sexually assaulted.  Often a rape case is defined more by the woman's character than by what has happened to her.  Newspapers and mass media often refer to women in the roles that they have within society - 'young mother', 'grandmother', 'doctor's wife' etc.  If the woman's role or social position is not seen as socially acceptable, she is often held responsible, not the rapist.  For example, the original 'Jack the Ripper' and Peter Sutcliffe in the late 70s and 80s were glorified by the press.  Jack the Ripper has his books, museum, cocktails, computer games, and even tourist walks in London named after him where you can visit the places women were murdered!

The rules imposed on women's behaviour allow rapists to shift the responsibility for rape onto women wherever possible, so that most of the perpetrators who rape are seen as victims of malicious allegations, carelessness or stupidity.  There is no other crime in which so much effort is expanded to make the victim appear responsible - imagine the character or financial background of a robbery victim being questioned in Court.

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