Date rape in general is a disturbing topic, but “The Real Date Rape Drug“, a post on Time magazine’s blog, Wellness, is bothering me for another reason. This particular take on the results of a new study is a classic example of blaming the victim in cases of sexual assault.
Rape culture feeds off the idea that the victim of sexual assault is somehow to blame rather than the rapist. Whether it’s because her skirt was too short, she was flirting too much, or she had had too much to drink, woman are constantly faced with the outrageous reaction “You were asking for it”.
But as Feminsting so perfectly puts it: “Being drunk isn’t what puts a woman at risk of sexual assault–being near a rapist [is].”