Anne Coughlin

Protecting Women Is Not "Victim Blaming"

New York Times


Over the years, I often have found myself wanting to point out to young women that if they get blind drunk they run a very serious risk of being raped. But I know that the advice will be misunderstood and misused.

So I leave it unsaid because some listeners will inevitably conclude that I am blaming women for being raped, rather than their assailants for raping them. Those listeners will think that by telling women to stop drinking I am ignoring the need to redesign criminal law so that it stops the rapists from raping.


Anne M. Coughlin, Protecting Women Is Not "Victim Blaming", New York Times (October 23, 2013).

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