KCSDV is Saddened to Hear Judge Called Victimized Girls Aggressors in a Sexual Assault Case Against 67 Year Old

February 5, 2019

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is saddened to hear that a judge, who is the arbiter of justice, would call these victimized girls aggressors in a sexual assault case against a 67 year old defendant. We are appalled and disgusted that anyone would take this position.  Unfortunately, we know that women and girls are often blamed for their own victimization. This is the nature of rape culture. It shows continuing support for the myths that underlie domestic and sexual violence. For the last several years, there has been increased conversation and dialog about sexual violence, through the #MeToo movement, through increased attention toward sexual harassment, and through the naming of celebrities and well-known figures as perpetrators of rape, domestic violence and sexual assault. As difficult as these stories are to hear, we know how often women and girls are blamed for their own victimization. KCSDV encourages your outrage and your questioning of these behaviors by public officials. This is wrong. Wrong for all of us but especially wrong for these girls.

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The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is Kansas’ leading statewide voice for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV works with 26 coalition members and with partners to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Contact KCSDV by message at http://kcsdv.org/contact.html and by phone at 785-232-9784.

The 24-hour Kansas Crisis Hotline is 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287).

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