Why It’s Important to Believe Sexual Abuse Victims

Hiya everyone. I know this post is a little bit of a deep one but it has such a huge meaning. As I’m writing this, a lot of stuff has came out about Harvey Weinstein has came out. If you aren’t aware, a lot (and I’m talking a lot) of celebrities have come forward to say that Weinstein has sexually abused them in some way. I’m not going to go into the details because that’s potentially harming or triggering but if you care to know, it’s a quick google search.

The reason why I’ve decided to write about this is because along with seeing all the allegations against him, I’ve seen a lot of people commenting on whether or not the women are being truthful and I just wanna say how unbelievably toxic that is.

I’ve seen a lot of comments along the lines of; “a lot of women lie about being raped or being involved in non-consensual actions” or “Weinstein is a brilliant man, it’s just not plausible that he did any of this”. My response to the first statement is that it is absolutely false. It’s known that only between 2% and 10% of rape accounts are actually false. What about the other 90-98%? ALL TRUE. Saying that a lot of women lie about this sort of stuff only puts the idea into victims heads that they shouldn’t speak up about what happened to them and only reinforces the idea that women are the only people who can be raped or assaulted. My response to the second statement is just because someone is a good person, doesn’t mean they aren’t allowed (using this term loosely) to do bad things. Everyone can do bad things in this world and what Weinstein is being accused of is fucking awful and heartbreaking for the victims.

Another comment I hear frequently when anything of this topic comes into the media is; “if this happened years ago, why didn’t the victim come out sooner?”. This was a comment I heard a lot when the allegations about Jimmy Savile came out. The simple answer is because it can be incredibly dangerous for people to accuse incredibly famous people of things of this nature. The long answer is that victims may have a multitude of reasons and they are none of your business. What is your business is how you react to the allegations. If you act responsibly and believe the victims until anything tells you otherwise, then well done, you’re a good person. If you react like the comments I have previously, then well done, you’re a twat.

I am a strong believer that rapists, sexual abusers or child molesters, should be guilty until proven innocent. It’s as simple as that. And it’s also important to include that even if someone is proven innocent, it doesn’t mean they are. The law system fails a lot of victims who come forward, whether it’s because of lack of evidence or for any other reason. The important thing is to not automatically assume they are lying if charges aren’t pressed because they could possibly not be.

I hope anyone can make sense of this, I truly do. I also hope that all the victims who have came forward get justice, not just for this circumstance, just in general.

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19 thoughts on “Why It’s Important to Believe Sexual Abuse Victims

  1. thank you so much for sharing this. way too many people go straight to disbelieving the victim & thinking the accused would ‘never do that.’ also none of this is funny, but I definitely LOLed at “then well done, you’re a twat.” so nicely written & so genuine!

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    1. It’s okay! I just don’t understand why people can’t just be believed straight away! And thank you haha, I tried to make at least a little bit light hearted because I don’t like writing sad posts but I also didn’t wanna make light of the topic at all!

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  2. One of the most poisonous mental attitudes with things like this is that no one ever believes the woman involved, they are viewed as just “claiming” to have been assaulted, this post reminded me of something I RT’d on Twitter the other day, it was a thread about Hugh Hefner and how he’d basically been abusive to women his whole life and one guy responded “so…no physical evidence, just talk???” and a girl responded “How about you try believing women” and it blew up. I just found that one line so powerful. It’s great that you’re talking about things like this Soph, I 110% agree. Great post as always .xx

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    1. I think I saw the exact same thread! But exactly, why can’t people just believe the victim regardless of whether there is physical evidence? Sometimes there isn’t any for whatever reason that may be. Thank you lovely! xx

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