Bolton News Blames ‘binge drinking’ for sexual assaults
The Bolton News have a prime example of victim blaming in this article. Quotes from their article are in red.
We have copied some quotes to save you clicking onto their website & generating hits.
"What is being done to prevent teenage girls becoming sex crime victims"
Clearly the article is going to focus on young girls. They use the term 'people', but it seems they really mean girls & women.
And the Street Angel volunteers who spend their weekend nights making sure the young and vulnerable in Bolton town centre are safe say the blame lies firmly with one thing — binge drinking.
The issue of 'sex crimes' is not about alcohol. It is about men making an active choice to abuse someone who may, or may not, be in a vulnerable position. Girls and women who are sober are regularly assaulted. How does tackling 'binge drinking' support them?
“We find people who are missing their shoes, or have their clothes on back to front. Once we found a girl whose knickers were on the floor behind her as we tried to get her into a taxi. She did not know what day it was.”
Note this example is meant to be about 'people' - however the example they produce is specifically about a woman.
We are not against strategies that keep people safe when they are consuming alcohol.
We are against articles that suggest that victims and survivors of sexual assaults can reduce their risk by not drinking excessively.
We are against articles that make women and girls responsible for the behaviour of those who abuse them.
We are against articles that use the term 'sex crimes' when they mean rape and sexual assault.
We are against articles that may prevent victims and survivors reporting their rape or sexual assault for fear of being blamed.
The Bolton News - we are looking at organisations such as yours to do better. This is irresponsible reporting and we are holding you to account. We have tweeted this to @theboltonnews and emailed it to your newsdesk.