Non Empirical- Undergraduate
Sexual violence is an issue that significantly effects the public, especially college campuses. Sexual violence can take on different definitions, but typically refers to a non-consensual, sexual act that is committed against a person. The term “sexual violence” encompasses a variety of acts, including (but are not limited to) assault, abuse, intimate partner violence and incest. Victim blaming is oftentimes a reaction towards a victim of a sexual violence act. Victim blaming refers to the act of minimizing the experience that the victim or survivor had and placing the fault on them rather than placing the responsibility on the perpetrator. This concept is part of what makes up “rape culture”. Rape culture also consists of the acceptance of rape myths. Rape myths are false beliefs that excuse a perpetrator while also blaming the victim. Studies show that high sexual violence rates and acceptance of rape myths often disempower and separate victims from others (Hackman, Pember, Wilkerson & Usdan, 2017). However, there are a few things that can be done by the public in order to reduce the rates of victim blaming in sexual violence cases. Additionally, there are resources that may be contacted should someone find themselves, or a loved one, as a victim of a sexual violence act.
Lizarraga, Viviana and Mann, Brooke, ""But We Were Drunk When It Happened, It Doesn't Count": A Discussion on Sexual Violence and Victim Blaming" (2020). 2020 SACAD Entrants. 53.