Last week the Welsh Assembly Government [WAG] launched a campaign to tackle attitudes towards rape.
This comes after some a study by the havens last month revealed some shocking statistics:
- A third (34%) of people in the UK believe that a woman is partially or totally responsible for being raped if she has behaved in a flirtatious manner
- More than a quarter (26%) of people think a woman was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing
- Around one in 12 people (8%) believe a woman is totally responsible for being raped if she has many sexual partners
- Nearly a third of people (30%) say a woman was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was drunk
The campaign is focused on stopping blaming victims of rape, and asks the key question
Is it possible that a woman who drinks, dances and flirts, ALL in a short skirt, is doing it for her own enjoyment?
The following video highlights how some men feel they have ‘earned’ sex if they do certain things.
The campaign focuses on trying to dispel myths that the way a woman dresses, behaves or drinks means she is “asking for it.” The campaign goals are to:
- Challenge the endemic culture of victim blame.
- Stop blaming the victim for rape and sexual assault committed against her.
- Stop handing the rapist – the assailant – excuses that serve to make his behaviour more socially acceptable.
The bottom line of the campaign:
Rape is a crime in every sense of the word- emotional, physical, psychological and legal; the most intimate violation imaginable. No woman is ever ‘asking for it’.