Victim Blaming and SV
Victim-blaming attitudes are one of the barriers that place survivors in greater danger.
In order to stop victim blaming, it is helpful to understand why people do it in the first place. One reason people blame a victim is to distance themselves from something unpleasant that happened to someone and they may not be comfortable identifying with the situation - in other words, they "don't want to get involved."
The other scenario has to do with "labeling" or "accusing" the victim of wrong-doing, which makes it appear as if the victim were "different" from the person "blaming." For example, people reassure themselves by thinking, "Because I am not like her, because I do not do that, this would never happen to me."
We need to help people understand that this is not a helpful reaction.
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*Bancroft, Lundy. Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men. (This section is borrowed from the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness: Education, Training & Action http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/avoiding-victim-blaming/)
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