Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Invisible perpetrators, blameable victims: why is gendered violence still reported this way?

A "spurned lover" who punched his ex-girlfriend, a murderer who had "a sexual interest" in his victim and a "Tinder stabber" have all made headlines in the past week. All those headlines, which are sadly a common response to men's violence against women, are also a revolting misuse of the power of mainstream media.

A man who stalks and assaults his ex-girlfriend isn't a "spurned lover", he's a violent and dangerous criminal. The very suggestion that a desire for sex could be an excuse for murder is abhorrent.

Erasing the man who stabbed Angela Jay from the headline (his name was Paul Lambert, by the way) and replacing him with a dating app implies he wasn't responsible for his vicious, premeditated attack. Rather, it suggests that she put herself at risk by using Tinder to meet people.

It's an ongoing issue with media's invisible perpetrators and blameable victims. ...

 

This article, written by Jane Gilmore, was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 1.9.2017. You can find the full text here.

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