UK survey shows a majority of women respondents believe rape victims should accept ‘some responsibility’ for being assaulted

The BBC reports:

A majority of women believe some rape victims should take responsibility for what happened, a survey suggests.

Almost three quarters of the women who believed this said if a victim got into bed with the assailant before an attack they should accept some responsibility.

One-third blamed victims who had dressed provocatively or gone back to the attacker’s house for a drink.

More than half of those of both sexes questioned said there were some circumstances when a rape victim should accept responsibility for an attack.

The survey, commissioned by The Havens organization, is available here (PDF).

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One response to “UK survey shows a majority of women respondents believe rape victims should accept ‘some responsibility’ for being assaulted

  1. I’m a member of the London Pro-Feminist Men’s Group. Rape is never acceptable, and it is never the fault of the woman. The idea that a woman ‘should know what to expect if she goes back to a man’s house’ is based on the idea that men cannot control themselves or are naturally driven to have sex at any cost. These lies serve to absolve men of responsibility for their behaviour but they do us no service. Men need to clean up our acts: in order to gain women’s trust, we need to establish a record of decent behaviour, and to show no tolerance for any form of abuse of women.