- Barry Palmer
- Willow River, MN
- United States
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Victim taboo: does it exist?
First, a definition. Victim taboo refers to the fact that in the USA, victims suffer a moderate stigma. This stigma is not anywhere close to the stigma of sexual perversion or convicted criminal, but it does exist and it affects our behavior. People are expected to be wise enough to avoid becoming a victim, or at least insure themselves from suffering the full effects of being a victim.
After reading the above paragraph, if you are feeling uncomfortable, you are feeling one of its effects.
I tried searching for "victim taboo" and found nothing that specifically addresses it. There are many references to blaming the victim, especially the victims of rape. I think that blaming the victim is just one aspect of the victim taboo. I think the victim taboo contributes to many other consequences, at every scale of our society, including the huge size of our defense budget, and the huge number of guns in civilian hands.
Do you agree that this taboo exists?
If so, how does it affect us? Can you provide examples?
What should we do about it?