In the last few days there has been a lot of discussion about sexual assault after the brave release of a powerful and amazing letter from a Stanford victim to the man who sexually assaulted her, Brock Turner. This was then followed up by the release of statements from the father and friends of the criminal, which all strayed into the territory of talking about the impact of the charges of Brock - including that he is a great swimmer with lots of potential, and that he no longer eats big steaks because he has lost his appetite.
Well guess what, mates? Someone else that lost their appetite and had a lot of potential that was impacted by the incident was the innocent woman that Brock Turner sexually assaulted behind a dumpster while she was unconscious.
The letters, like the still prevalent reaction to sexual assault generally, was tinged with victim blaming. A lot was made of the fact that the victim doesn't remember anything (yes because she was unconscious), and the usual victim blaming questions that are always targeted at women were again employed. Here, the woman writes about these questions.
There has also been a lot of talk about 'party culture' at colleges, and young people drinking too much, and that poor old Brock was practically forced to assault an unconscious woman because he was drunk. I don't know about you, but I've been drunk a lot and never sexually assaulted anyone, and been around a lot of drunk people and none of them have ever sexually assaulted me. All of this discussion of the potential of Turner, and the victim blaming letters by his supporters were made even more revolting because of the fact all these things were taken into consideration and Turner was only sentenced to six months jail.
But actually, who is at fault when assaults like this occur? I think it's time someone looked into it further, and broke it down for society. And that person is me. I will use pie graphs because i love pie. Let's hope we can clear this all up.
A breakdown of victim blaming: In pie charts
There we have it. Scientific breakdown. Now we can move on, hopefully.
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