Reader Tamar shared this tidbit with me from a the Chief of the Brimfield Police Dept:
Chief’s Rant…..on “asking for it.”
Boy, did Serena Williams step in it. Williams is a pro tennis player. She recently did an interview and somehow the Steubenville rape incident came up. If you aren’t familiar with it, do a web search. I posted about it before and won’t go through it all again.
Williams offered some opinions on the case, including this little snippet of wisdom….”Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position….”
I am beyond frustrated over that line of thinking. Wow. Williams immediately backpedaled the statement; however, it’s hard to un-ring that bell. There is nothing a victim can do; no situation a female can “put herself in” which should result in rape. None. A woman can be engaged in prostitution and still reserve the right to say no.
We are a social bunch of citizens. People go out. They go to parties. They dance, they drink….that is not an invitation for unwanted and/or forceful assault….it’s drinking and dancing. It is not an open door for violence. Rape is not about the act…it is about control and dominance. In the modern age we live in I cannot fathom a female, particularly one with the visibility of a professional athlete, having the attitude and expressing the belief that another female can “put herself” in situation to be raped.
That is giving credence to the rapist….who is a vile criminal.
I don’t care how a person acts, dresses, talks, walks or dances…. Sex is always consensual. There is NEVER and excuse or a situation that results in blame being assigned to the victim.
Those who believe excuses and situations exist need to get their heads out of their posteriors.