After hours of outrage and online bashing, Don Lemon realized that it’s immoral to ask rape survivors if they could’ve prevented sexual assault.
“A word about my interview last night with Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis: As I am a victim myself, I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry as that is certainly, and was not, my intention.”
It all started Tuesday night when Joan Tarshis, one of 15 women to accuse Bill Cosby of rape, appeared on CNN Newsroom and alleged that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex.
Lemon – being the obtuse imbecile that he is – responded to her claim by implying she might have prevented being raped by "biting" Cosby on his genitals.
While what the CNN host tried to imply – and later apologized for – is deplorable indeed, it’s unfortunately not really surprising simply because he is not the only one who has tried to play the victim blaming card.
The one thing that’s equally distressing as rape culture itself is the ghastly practice of blaming the victim.
The re-victimization of sexual assault victims is when women are accused of the “crime” of being assaulted – and this can happen in a lot of ways like criticizing their choice of wearing miniskirts, saying they were asking for it or – like in Lemon’s case – advising them post-rape how they could have been more careful.
It’s a shameful mindset but even worse is the fact that it is pervasive.