It’s not wise to carry an exposed wad of cash around a city, so we keep our money closed securely in a wallet, in a pocket or a purse. Either way, people still get mugged. We can take all proper precautions to protect ourselves, but a criminal will find a way to commit their crime. And when a thief steals your money, the thief is at fault, regardless of whether you were waving $100 bills around, or had your money securely tucked away, where it wasn’t easily accessible. There is a thief, and a victim.
It’s not wise to walk around inebriated and dressed provocatively, so we try to avoid putting ourselves in vulnerable situations. But either way, people are going to get raped. We can carry pepper spray and not talk to strangers, but a rapist is going to rape. And when your body is invaded, when you are sexually handled without giving your consent, you are being raped. Whether you are quietly tucked away in your bed and an intruder crawls through an unlocked window, or you are confidently strutting down an alleyway in a tight dress and four-inch heels; if someone forces you into a sexual act, they are a rapist.
Just like the mugger, a thief for taking what wasn’t theirs, the rapist, too, is a criminal.
There is always a victim and a criminal; not an innocent person who simply gave someone ‘what they had coming’ to them.
There are robbers, and then the robbed. There are rapists, and those who have been raped.
There is guilty, and then there is innocent. It’s as simple as that.
There is only ever one side at fault, and it’s NEVER the VICTIM.