If You’re Been Sexually Assaulted by a Powerful Man, It’s Your Fault.

Screen shot by Simcha Fisher.  Source, Simcha Fisher I Have to Sit Down. https://www.simchafisher.com/2017/11/15/if-she-was-sexually-assaulted-why-didnt-she-say-something-sooner/
Screen shot by Simcha Fisher. Source, Simcha Fisher I Have to Sit Down. https://www.simchafisher.com/2017/11/15/if-she-was-sexually-assaulted-why-didnt-she-say-something-sooner/

“If you’ve been sexually assaulted, your only real recourse is not to have been sexually assaulted. Anything and everything you do from that moment forward is evidence against you. The deck is stacked against you as a victim because you are a victim. They very moment you even breathe the phrase “sexual assault,” that’s evidence in the minds of many that no such thing happened, and anyway it was your fault.” Simcha Fisher.

Simcha Fisher provides an exactly-right analysis of how we treat sexual assault victims in our so-called “Christian” society.  Give it a read.

“Me too” has passed, but in its wake, more and more women are publicly accusing powerful men of sexual assault.

2017 being what it is, there are no good guys, left or right. We elected an open sexual predator to lead our country in the paths of goodness and grace, and now republican hero Roy Moore is (please God) on his way out; but Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK are beloved of the left, and they too are guilty as hell.  Vox, ABC news and NPR are yielding up their pigs. The Atlantic has suddenly noticed that Bill Clinton is super guilty, and so is everyone who made excuses for him.

So, that’s new. We can no longer pretend that it’s only the deviant left or the hypocritical right who harbor sex predators. It’s everywhere. It’s everyone. And that makes it harder to cling to the old binary political fairytales of good us vs. evil them.

One thing hasn’t changed, though. When a woman comes forward and says she’s been assaulted, we can still come together as a country and tell her it’s all her fault. I wrote this essay back in 2014, at the height of the Bill Cosby scandal, and was discouraged, if not surprised, to see how few edits were necessary to make it relevant today.

Here is what I have learned about sexual assault:  (Read the rest here.)

 

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