Justice

This Video Nails the Ignorance Behind Rape Culture

April 4th 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

As victim-blaming continues to be a problem in sexual assault cases, one video is calling attention to the flawed thinking that underlies rape culture.

"Asking For It"

On Saturday PYPO Network released a video titled "Asking For It" that points out society's tendency to focus on the victim's actions instead of that of the attacker. 1 in 4 people believe that a woman deserves some of the blame for being sexually assaulted if she was wearing sexy clothing or was intoxicated at the time the assault occurred, according to study reported by the Daily Mail.

Although it is not has heavily reported, men can also face sexual assault. According to Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 in 33 men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime

To demonstrate the absurdity that victims somehow "ask for it" by what they're wearing, the video features a woman dressed in a chicken costume while the man interrogates her about her outfit. The video goes through the most common ways that victims are blamed for sexual assault:

Although the woman confidently retells her story of being sexually assaulted, the man quickly casts doubt on her testimony. He deflects, saying she was wearing a tight outfit and suggesting that she might have had too much to drink.

The video also touches on consent. Despite the woman's claims that she clearly said no, the man undermines her claim by suggesting that her body language may have said something else.

And lastly, in attempt to completely invalidate her sexual assault claim, the man pointed to the fact that she carried birth control.

The video is a collaboration between PYPO Network and the White House's It's On Us campaign to end campus sexual assault, Cosmopolitan reports.

According to Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 in 6 women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

ATTN: reached out to the PYPO Network but did not receive a response in time for publication.

You can watch the entire video here: