Much has been said over and over again about female rape victims and their share in the ‘cause of rape’. Be it someone with traditional conservative ideologies like Asaram Bapu or Republican representatives from the US like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, it seems that almost everyone, irrespective of their education and social background, has got it wrong when it comes to rape.
A British lawmaker, Richard Graham, is now facing a bitter backlash over his comment that women who wear high heels and short skirts put themselves at greater risk of being raped, indirectly making it an excuse for the rapists who actually and ultimately are responsible for the crime.
Victim blaming is quite common after rape. But giving absurd reasoning for its causes or as to why it happens to women in the first place is an entirely different thing. And the worrisome part of it is that rape cannot be prevented until and unless the mindset, especially of men, regarding it is not changed.
Bizarre statements from men on how women cause something as heinous as rape to themselves are condemnable. Characterizing rape as ‘legitimate’ or calling it ‘the intention of God’ is extremely disturbing and blaming women’s attire for its cause is equally shameful especially when the people making such statements are from the ‘evolved’ nations such as the UK and USA.
Actually there’s something wrong with the mentality! Blaming the victim and her clothes after she had been through such an ordeal is certainly condemnable and must be thought over by people all over the world who possess this mindset. Such statements do nothing but cause further damage and humiliation to the rape victim.