Contributing Factors for Rape
I was doing some general web browsing for nothing in particular when I came across a story on BBC News about a female rape victim who successfully had a ruling overturned that reduced her compensation because she had been consuming alcohol before the attack. That got me to thinking… about whether provocative clothing is one of the causes of rape.
Many women get up in arms and start spouting stuff about saying that it might contribute to rape moves the blame from the rapist to the victim. That’s absolute horseshit and irritates the hell out of me. Without divulging details, rape has featured in the lives of people connected with me, which in turn has affected my life massively so it’s not like I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Often you’ll see in bars people with very scant clothing. The entire point of that is to look sexually attractive – people do not dress like that so others get attracted to their intellect. Is it any wonder that when a person dresses sexually provocative that they garner sexual interest, whether wanted or not?
Rape is always the fault of the rapist, and nothing can take away from that. People who get raped are mostly (not always) either not situation aware, street smart or too trusting.
Being scantily clad with revealing clothing draws attention to a person – as is often the intention… the more attention a person has on them, the higher the likelihood of attracting the attention of a sexual predator.
I think people could do far better jobs at protecting themselves from sexual assault if they learnt to become more situationally aware, trusted their instincts and didn’t do obviously stupid things like walking home through dangerous parts of town at night alone or accepting car rides, or drinks from strangers. For instance, if your boss calls you into their office at 8:30pm to talk about career options after everyone else has gone home and it feels weird… guess what? DON’T GO IN!