/Victim blaming makes it easy for predators

Victim blaming makes it easy for predators

January 8 2020, 12:01am, The Times

Three high-profile rape cases show how difficult it is to allow the young to enjoy their freedoms without being judged

How do the young stay safe in 2020? Avoid nightclubs, don’t go to Cyprus, don’t dress provocatively, don’t be a wannabe actress and don’t take up the offer of a drink or a bed for the night from random men.

This decade opens with three hideous rape cases in the news: the film producer Harvey Weinstein on trial in New York, the British teenager who said she was gang raped in Ayia Napa and the serial rapist in Manchester who drugged up to 195 young men before violating them.

In all three cases there is a sense of compassion for the alleged victims but also an undercurrent of judgment, a feeling perhaps that many of them may have brought it on themselves; that this is…

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