Fixed It: skirts don’t cause assault

The Guardian reported that a woman in Strasbourg said she was assaulted by three men. 

“She was walking home when one of the three exclaimed ‘look at that whore in a skirt, Elisabeth told France Bleu Alsace radio. Two of them then held her while the third hit her in the face, leaving her with a black eye, she told the radio station. The men then fled.”

The alleged perpetrators were erased from the headline about the assault Elisabeth described, and their excuse for their violence was given prominent place.

Nothing a woman wears causes men to assault her. 

Nothing a woman does or says causes violence. 

The only thing that causes men’s violence against women is men’s choice to be violent.

Violent men often invent excuses to shift blame for their choices onto the women they’ve attacked. Those excuses are bullshit and they have no place in headlines or credible journalism.  

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