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GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

SITAWA WAFULA: Blaming the victim encourages rapists

Society would rather tell women how to avoid getting raped than tell men how not to rape.

In Summary
  • By making women the target of these tips, society inherently presumes that when a woman is raped, they asked for it
  • To validate its presumptions, society goes through a list of questions to check if the woman followed the laid down rules and did not do anything to provoke the man

Early last year, one of Kenya’s leading universities issued an internal memo highlighting cases of robbery and rape involving female students. The memo mentioned that recklessness by the students was ...