Monday, November 21, 2005

We've got a long way to go (baby)

A new study finds that around a third of people in the U.K. think women are at least partly to blame when they get raped.
For instance, more than a quarter (26%) of those asked said that they thought a women was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing, and more than one in five (22%) held the same view if a woman had had many sexual partners.

Around one in 12 people (8%) believed that a woman was totally responsible for being raped if she’d had many sexual partners.
[ loss for words ]
I'd like to think that those statistics would look a lot better on this side of the pond, but I fear that the puritanical streak in our culture might support a lot of similar views...

(via Alas, a blog)

2 comments:

Knotted Knickers said...

Hate to be such a downer, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if the numbers are HIGHER in the U.S.

(Remember, I teach Women's Studies.)

jaygee said...

its the same world over...in mumbai there is now a quasi moral police that consistently blames women/girls for rapes and molestations that happen. it appalls me that world over everyone or least a large part of every thinks like that...