“The saddest part of all of this is that Moore and Olbermann are simply a small (high profile) piece of the much larger issue of victim blaming. […]
Not only has this case made two specific women’s lives much, much harder than they ought to be… but it has sent a message to millions of people who have been sexually assaulted. A message that stops far too many people from getting justice because they believe, and rightfully so, that if they are to report the crime that took place against them they’d better be ready to air out their private lives in detail. They’d better be ready to receive criticism, comments, and doubt from all angles. They’d better be ready to have their reputation called into question. They’d better be prepared for threats from the people who think their rapist is just such a nice/important/attractive/whatever person… so they clearly couldn’t have done this. They’d better be ready, essentially, to go through hell for the slim hope that maybe they can scrape together enough evidence to get their attacker behind bars for a few years… knowing all the while that, most likely, their attacker will walk free.
Mr. Moore and Mr. Olbermann have contributed to a climate that silences survivors and allows rapists to walk free through their breach of journalistic ethics and common decency… this is NOT ACCEPTABLE and we’re not going away, not until these men do their d*mn jobs and make amends.”
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