It’s Never Her Fault

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TW/CW: Rape, Sexual violence

Rape culture is an environment where sexual violence is prevalent. It is a set of cultural norms which undermines the severity of sexual violence against women. It is the product of faulty mindsets instilled in society where victims are often blamed instead of predators being held accountable. Issues like these are not brought to light enough and they further contribute to the impunity of the perpetrators.

Rape culture pressures women to sacrifice their freedoms in order to stay safe. Growing up, girls are often made to feel as though it is their responsibility to avoid being raped. They are burdened with restrictions to avoid receiving unwanted attention or provoking men. Many are well-acquainted with the endless chorus of "don'ts."

Don't wear short/skimpy clothing.’