Blaming the Victim

This is an actual question on a survey for AlcoholEdu, an alcohol education program that a lot of schools (including Harvard) use for incoming freshmen:

4. When someone is sexually assaulted, to what degree is each of the following persons responsible:

Person who was sexually assaulted

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Completely

Person who committed the sexual assault

Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Completely

It's really depressing to think that some people would respond in any way other than "1" and then "7".

P.S. Here's the screenshot:

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Full size here; in context here.

One thought on “Blaming the Victim

  1. It could well be a leading question rather than an honest one.
    Consider for comparison this survey question:
    If a suicide bomber blows himself up in a university cafeteria, to what degree are the following people responsible:
    A) The terrorists, 1 not at all – 7 completely
    B) The victims, 1 not at all – 7 completely
    Do you see the problem? For the record, I am equally against sexual assault and suicide bombing. But “questions” like this ultimately ask no more than, “Are you with us or against us?”

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