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Thursday, February 28, 2013

" 'Victim' 'Blaming' ": Laptop Theft

“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.” - Freda Adler

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NUS Confessions:

"Everyone please be careful with your laptops in the central library. My friend's got stolen last week and today I saw a guy in orange cap and a crumpled bag acting all weird around untended laptops. Fair warning."

Comments:

"You dont own what you cant protect"

"If you leave possessions in a public sphere, then it's public property for the time that you leave it unattended or unwatched. Fair game."

"btw, the whole crime prevention thing leads to warped ideas like "you don't own what you can't protect.""

"These people blaming the victims are no different from those blaming girls for "sending the wrong signal" when a rapist strikes."

"In the first place, people shouldn't leave their belongings unattended, right?"

"Do exercise some personal responsibility when it comes to your belongings.."

"Ppl please dont conflate risk with blame. People who leave their stuff lying around increases the risk of it being stolen, but ultimately the blame is on the thief. Just like how someone who dresses provocatively increases their risk at getting into bad situations, but ultimately the blame of the crime is on the perpetrator, not the assault victim/survivor."


"Giriraj Shah... writes that rape is the only crime which involves a role reversal between the accused and the accuser - thereby placing the victims on trial" - Women And Society / Rakesh Gupta
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