FixedIt: Blaming women for men’s violence is not journalism

Yahoo Sport (sort of) reported that a man assaulted a woman, punched a window and was charged with domestic-related assault, property destruction and intimidation offences.

You wouldn’t know that from the headline though. All you’d know is that a poor little football player caught his very own woman with another football player. How terrible for him! Everyone should have all their sympathy marshalled for him before they read about his alleged assault on a woman who did not choose to be the victim of violence. 

This is how media perpetuates the myth that women are responsible for men’s choices to be violent. It’s blatant victim-blaming and it has no place in ethical journalism – not that anyone could be fooled into thinking that’s what’s going on in this article. 

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the media’s constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it – even $5 a month makes a big difference – please consider becoming a Patron

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