It’s an unfortunate truth that many Christians fall into the habit of victim blaming, especially when it comes to rape, sexual assault, and unwanted sexual attention of any sort. Jehovah’s Witnesses, the religion of my childhood, is no different; their Watchtower magazine has outright blamed women for being raped and for raising rapists. A person doesn’t even need to be religious to victim-blame in cases … Continue reading One Significant Verse Christians Forget In Their Haste to Victim-Blame
As I’ve brought out in other posts at the site JWvictims.org, Jehovah’s Witnesses hold a very stringent view of rape. A woman is required to scream and fight and resist during an attack, otherwise she faces the threat of excommunication and shunning. See also: Jehovah’s Witnesses Threaten Rape Victims With Shunning for “Fornication” Elders are told to “discern” if a woman has been raped, based … Continue reading Does Jehovah Even Believe in the Concept of Rape?
Many supposed experts on the subject of sexual assault talk about what a woman can do to make herself less of a target for rape, including always parking under a streetlight, not leaving a drink unattended or wearing headphones while jogging, and so on.* Protecting yourself from a potential assault is all well and good, but there are two problems with telling women what to … Continue reading But I Don’t Want Other Women to Be Raped Either
The subjects of consent and sexual assault hit close to home for me, not just as a woman, but because of having been raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In that religion, women who are victims of sexual assault are required to literally scream during an attack, or they would be viewed as having consented to the violation: To understand why this directive from Jehovah’s … Continue reading When You Make the Decision for Her, It’s Not Consent. It’s Justification.