Baltimore’s message: Rape isn’t the victim’s fault

Baltimore’s message: Rape isn’t the victim’s fault

An article in the Baltimore Sun reports that
sex crimes (sexual assault and rape) are the most underreported types of crime in
the nation. According to women’s advocates, 80 percent of sex assault
crimes are not reported to authorities.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the people most vulnerable to suffering
rape include:

  • Drug addicts
  • Teen runaways
  • Prostitutes
  • Homeless people

“Little wonder they [victims of sex crimes] have learned to distrust
almost everyone, including the police,” goes the article in the
Baltimore Sun, given that life for drug addicts and prostitutes and others
can be an “exhausting struggle” against poverty and abuse
and social isolation.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City is running an advertising
campaign of sorts that seeks to spread this message: Rape isn’t
the victim’s fault. The message is meant to stem the tide of unreported
sex crimes – seeking to make “a fundamental change”
in attitudes that marginalize victims of rape.