Sunday, December 14, 2014


Victim-Blaming: A Response to Buzzfeed's "How Police and Hospitals Shut Rape Victims Down"

This reminds me of a particular plot in Veronica Mars Season 1: Veronica's rape at Shelly Pomroy's party. She investigates throughout the season and eventually finds out that she was drugged with GHB and raped by Beaver, who gave her Chlamydia by previously being raped by someone else.
But here's the kicker: when she tried to report the crime to the local sheriff, he is rude and dismissive.
                 Receptionist Inga: Veronica, what happened to you?
                 Veronica: I need to report a crime.
                 Sheriff Don Lamb: Is there anyone in particular you would like to arrest, or should I just round
                 up the sons of the most important families in town? (referring to Veronica's father accusing a town
                 celebrity of killing her best friend.) I've got not a shred of evidence to work with here, but that
                 doesn't matter to your family, does it?
                 [Veronica sheds a tear.]
                 Sheriff Lamb: Mmmm. She cries. Tell you what Veronica, why don't you go see the wizard?
This is another instance of rape victims being shut down. And, might I add, the "why don't you go see the wizard" comeback was TERRIBLE. How is that supposed to be clever?

Here's the top comment on the Buzzfeed article:
It's disappointing that rape victims face so much hate and disbelief, when all they're trying to do is make everything go back to normal.
Why would someone make up a rape story? To seek revenge for something? I think everyone has a little more common sense than that.

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