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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The most uncomfortable topic of all

The Daily Texan has bravely put a victim-sympathetic story about campus sexual assault on page one. Good for them and I hope they don't have too many nasty letters about women who "whine" about being raped.

The vast majority of sexual assault cases go unreported, a fact that this article really brings home by interviewing a professor on campus who collects anonymous stories from survivors. We as a society bear the collective blame for this problem--we make being a victim a shameful thing. If a friend tells me he's mugged, I want to hear the story. But a woman who confesses being a victim of sexual assault, we turn our eyes away. This, more than anything, makes survivors want to sweep it under the carpet.

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Blogger wolfa said...

Yes. So uncomfortable no one will say anything.

But how do you ask "tell me about it"? It often comes out quite wrong, even just a "what happened?"; this is, perhaps, from a residual guilt the survivor feels.

9/22/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

It's definitely a shame that feeds itself. Victims feel shame and don't want to talk about it, which increases the sense that it's shameful to talk about it, which is put on the victims, very much a vicious circle.

9/23/2004

 
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