The sad reality of life is that these things unfortunately happen
Judge Lindsey Kushner appeared on TV to defend her comments, saying her intentions were to ‘stop (women) getting raped in the first place.’
I don’t see why she needed to appear on TV, I never got the feeling that she was justifying rape or saying that if you’re drunk then it is deserved, it was just a statement saying that if you’re drunk then you become more vulnerable – you’re an easier target.
It’s more about protecting yourself, not victim blaming; rape is of course never the victim’s fault, to suggest otherwise is ridiculous.
But the sad reality of life is that these things unfortunately happen and just as we guard against someone breaking into our homes, women should take precautions against attacks by not getting hammered.
You’re more susceptible to being attacked after seven tequilas and a bottle of vino, than sober.
Same as your laptop is more likely to be stolen left on the car dashboard than locked in the boot.
Rape charities have criticised her comments, but in my opinion should be raising awareness of how drinking makes you an easier target.
I’m not saying women should stop drinking and start walking about in burkas, that’s not the point.
Men can be just as vulnerable to rape if filled up with booze.
If a man has some trouble while he is on a night out with his friends, people are likely to say ‘oh well he’s probably had a few too many drinks or he shouldn’t have got into that state.’
You could say that this is a similar logic.
The dismissive attitude of well meaning advice such as this is indicative of the decline in society’s attitude to personal responsibility.
People seem to nowadays expect everyone else to look after them. In an ideal world we should be able to run about naked completely off our faces without fear of attack, but it’s not an ideal world and there are bad people in it.