My friend sent me this short clip that was made as a call to action for survivors of sexual assult. They are using the hashtag #WhatWasSheWearing to create awareness to coincide with April’s Sexual Awareness month.
This started with a kidnap victim who, when on the stand to testify against her kidnpapper was asked by the Defense Attorney, “What were you wearing?” Most survivors get asked the same thing at their trials.
I found the video very powerful. You can click here for a call to action. And I ask, isn’t it time to end this behavior?
When I was the victim of a stalking, I was repeatedly asked — by police, by college deans and professors, even by my own family — what I did to “make him want me so much.” It’s so deeply ingrained in our culture to blame the woman, to blame the disadvantaged. I’ve been hoping that all these recent movements (#MeToo, etc.) begin to have some sway in moving the cultural needle to another default setting.
I want to believe we are at a turning point.