Breaking News: Rape is NEVER the Victims Fault

Emilee Franklin

Breaking News: Rape is NEVER the Victims Fault

After feelings of frustration, and anger, I finally felt motivated enough to write about a topic that is very dear to me. Recently I have heard or seen individuals blaming victims of sexual assault for their assault. These were individuals who did not know details of the cases, but felt the need to state their opinions, that the victims were at fault because of various reasons. As a victim of sexual assault this really set me off. Often times when a new case of sexual assault becomes public, especially early on without details, people often make their own assumptions sometimes publicly and forget of the victims are real people, who are victims. These victims may be able to read these comments online, or have them passed back to them, which can cause more self-harm, or negative thoughts about themselves in an already frail time. I wanted to write a quick reminder to the world, that WE should NEVER blame or shame victims. Victims do not cause harm, victims are not the cause of rape, rapists rape.

 

It does not matter what you were wearing

Whether it was a short skirt,

A revealing top, or even an ugly sweater

Clothing of any kind does not imply consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

 

It does not matter if you have given consent before

It does not matter if you have given consent that night and later changed your mind

No, means no, and does not mean anything different

Previous consent does not mean consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

 

It does not matter if you had something to drink that night

Or even a bit too much to drink

Being intoxicated takes away the ability to consent

Therefore being drunk and “asking for it,” never implies consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

 

It does not matter if you are in a relationship with someone

It does not matter if you have given consent in that relationship before

Simply being in a relationship does not imply consent

Unwanted sexual acts in a relationship is still rape

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

 

It does not matter your age

Rape affects all ages

It does not matter if you were legally old enough to give consent

Age does not imply consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

 

It does not matter if you feel like you should have “known better”

It does not matter if you feel like you put yourself in a certain situation

You did not put yourself in a situation to rape

Victims fight rapists rape

 

It doesn’t matter if you feel like you could or should have done something

It doesn’t matter if you didn’t scream or fight

In the moment you did everything you could to fight for your life

Your body reacts how it does to trauma, and kept you alive

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped.

 

It does not matter if you have a bad reputation

Or have been called names like whore, or slut in the past

Having a bad reputation does not mean you have given consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped.

 

It does not matter where you are from

Or how you have been raised

It doesn’t matter if you hang out with a certain crowd, possibly “bad” crowd

These are labels and excuses for your rapist, not consent

 

It is not your fault that you have been raped

Sexual assault is never the victims fault, no matter what. Rapists make the decision to take advantage of the person and or situation. Victims are not the problem, rapists are.

Victims, stay strong!  Sexual assault is not your fault, and there are resources out there some of them FREE to help you, whether it is medically or legally. Keep going, even when it seems impossible. I have found the road after assault to be very long, with some not so fun unexpected turns but it will hopefully get better after time, it has for me. Reach out, you are not alone.

Please like and help spread the “Breaking News,” that there is NEVER an excuse for rape.

Check out:

https://www.rainn.org/

National Sexual Assault Hotline: tel:800-656-4673

https://www.dailydot.com/irl/sexual-assault-survivor-online-resources/

 

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