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The Sciences

How Many Ways To Interpret "No"? Just One

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumFebruary 15, 2010 11:23 PM

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So a 'survey' (via online polling) of over 1,000 people in London supposedly reports:

'a majority of women believe some rape victims should take responsibility for what happened.'

But considering:

- how frequently we blame the victim rather than taking the time to address the real social and cultural norms that allow this mentality to persist...

- how many victims of sexual violence already do not report the crime out of shame, fear, or public embarrassment...

- Silence Is The Enemy...

It's necessary to speak up

. And the truth is relatively simple: Regardless of how a person dresses or behaves, there is only one way to interpret "No." Case closed. That said, I'm skeptical that the results of this so-called

survey reflect reality.

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