Recently, some female residents of Bristol, VA were handed a pamphlet titled Women & Girls by some, shall we say “colorful characters.” The pamphlet asserts that females who refuse to dress modestly and instead choose to dress, oh I dunno, however the hell they want, are causing men to sin in their hearts and are therefore sinning themselves.
But wait, there’s more!
The pamplet also suggests that female rape victims are partially responsible for rape:
“You may have been given this leaflet because of the way you are dressed,” it begins. “Have you thought about standing before the true and living God to be judged?”
“Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin,” the leaflet states. “By the way, some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly. So can we really say they were innocent victims?“
Gee. That’s a great question. Let me think about that one…
Rape is a crime. Rape is not sexy, nor is it even sex. Rape is an act of violence committed by a criminal who is unable to control his criminal urges. No matter the provocation, the only person responsible for rape is the rapist. End of story.
Or maybe they’re right. Maybe this elderly woman was wearing a sexy, skimpy nightgown to bed, and the burglar just couldn’t control the devil inside him. Or perhaps this two-year-old girl was dressed way too inappropriately for her age. Hows about we make all women wear a burka? Maybe then rape would cease, right?
Let’s just put the kibosh on this right now. Rape is a very serious offense, committed by seriously disturbed individuals. Rape is not some hot-button word that you can just throw on a pamphlet to pretend like you won an argument. Let me not even get into what the bible says about it.
Rape is not funny. Rape is not trivial. And rape is not her fault.