Everyday Victim Blaming

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When it comes to sexual violence and alcohol, we need to focus on the perpetrator by Dr Bianca Fileborn

The association between alcohol and sexual violence has reared its head again in a spate of recent cases and subsequent public discussion.

Most prominently, the Brock Turner case has brought our attention to alcohol consumption by both the victim and the perpetrator, while the Hunting Ground documentary has put a spotlight on the pervasive occurrence of sexual violence in alcohol-fueled university settings.

Unsurprisingly, when it comes to alcohol-facilitated sexual violence, the focus often lies on how much the victim (usually, but not always, a woman) has had to drink – as demonstrated in a recent charming headline from The Sun in the UK.  ...


This article was first published in Daily Life (AU). You can find the complete article here.

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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