If She Was Drunk, Did She Rape Herself?
That’s what Mary Koss, a professor specializing in sexual violence at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, told the San Jose Mercury News.
Koss was explaining why so few women report rape, as she discussed the sexual assault of a teen by members of a local college baseball team.
People told you you were flirtatious when you drink alcohol? People told you that you were touchy-feely when you drink alcohol? You knew the risks of drinking?
Interestingly, no one asked the accused men why they invited a teen who was known to flirt outrageously when she drank. Perhaps so they could blame her for the rape?
More typically, alcohol doesn’t bring on flirtatious behavior so much as weaken judgment and ability to respond. And for this, the victim is blamed. “She should have known better than to drink,” it’s said.
At the same time, drinking gets men off the hook: “Well he was drunk, so he didn’t know what he was doing. That’s not a crime,” the storyline goes.
No one blames men for not realizing that alcohol can lead to a loss in their judgment.
And it’s not uncommon to purposely get women drunk with the intent of facilitating rape. Yet young men may balk at the accusation.
Why do we so often focus on women’s drinking instead of rapists’ raping? Blaming the victim instead of blaming the perpetrator. And so it goes on…
A rerun — I’m out of town.
Posted on May 6, 2016, in feminism, psychology, rape and sexual assault, sexism, violence against women, women and tagged drinking and rape, feminism, psychology, rape and sexual assault, rape myths, sexism, violence against women, women. Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.