Good to know that victim blaming now gets called out all over the world. In Valladolid, Spain, hundreds of women have hung bras as a sign of protest against the city’s mayor, Francisco Javier León de la Riva, who made insensitive comments about rape victims at a time of heightened concern about gender violence:
“Sometimes it’s the other way around. Imagine you get into an elevator and there is a girl who is out to get you. She enters with you, tear off her bra or skirt and flees, shouting that you have tried to assault her,” he said. “Beware of this kind of thing.” The mayor, from the conservative People’s party, said women bear some of the responsibility in avoiding assault. Noting that “you can’t have a police officer in every park,” he said “at six in the morning a young woman should be careful of where she goes.”
He has since apologized. According to Spain’s interior ministry, a sexual assault occurs in Spain once every eight hours. But you’re right, buddy, it’s probably just a bunch of scorned women making things up.
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