Everyday Victim Blaming

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Two violent men, two symptoms of the same sickness

America woke up this weekend to the news of the deadliest civilian mass shooting in the nation’s history. The senseless tragedy will undoubtedly evoke anger, sadness and helplessness.

In the meantime, many will forget to think and talk about Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s crime and his “summer vacation” jail sentence: three months for the vile sexual assault of an unconscious woman.

As a sociologist, I was struck not by the abrupt shift to a new moral crisis, but by the continuity. Sociologists look for the bigger picture, and in my mind, Mateen’s crime didn’t displace Turner’s. Yet the media simply replaced one outrage with another, moving our attention away from Stanford and toward Orlando, as if these two crimes were unrelated. They’re not. ...

 

This article, written by Professor Lisa Wade, was first published by The Conversation on 14.6.16. You can read the full article here.

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance this year, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

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