Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

It’s not victim blaming, it’s woman blaming by Sonia Orchard

Can we please stop this talk of victim-blaming? We don't have a problem with victim-blaming in our society. We have a problem with woman-blaming.

Teenage victims of the recent Australian school porn ring have reportedly been told that they brought the problem upon themselves by sharing nude images. Girls at one school have even been told they need to wear their skirts longer if they want to stay out of trouble.

"St Kilda Schoolgirl" Kim Duthie gave us a stunning example of the media's double-standard towards women when she ...
"St Kilda Schoolgirl" Kim Duthie gave us a stunning example of the media's double-standard towards women when she published nude photos of St Kilda AFL footballers, in 2010. Photo: Wayne Taylor

So let's look at the response male victims receive when it's their photos doing the rounds. Kim Duthie – better remembered by her titillating moniker The St Kilda Schoolgirl – gave us a stunning example of the media's double-standard towards women when she published nude photos of St Kilda AFL footballers, in 2010. Duthie was condemned for her vindictive behaviour; meanwhile not a word was said to the men about the wisdom of high-profile footballers storing naked photos of one another on a computer. They were viewed as innocent victims who deserved only our sympathy. ...

 

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.

 

 

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