Last week, there was a walk against rape in Lagos and Abuja to sensitize people on the issue of rape. Again the question is thrown up: Should the woman ever be blamed for being a victim of rape? The politically correct answer to this question will be no. The woman is never to blame. Why would you even consider blaming the victim of a crime for the offense? No, the victim of rape, either male or female, should never be blamed for the crime.
But, I will ask the question again. Probably not the same question anymore depending on how you choose to look at it. Can a woman do anything to incite rape? This is like asking: can a woman seduce a man? The answer to this question would be yes. There are actions a woman can take that would make certain men believe that she is indeed asking for it.
Before I go any further, let me do a classification. This classification is very personal but it is based on certain observations. I believe there are two classes of rapists. Before you tear in, take note that I said two classes of RAPISTS not two classes of people. Both classes are guilty of the same crime.
First, there is the group I will refer to as sociopathic rapists: in this category, I will put in serial rapists. Men who derive pleasure from taking women by force. Some are even married to the women they subject to this torture. In fact, they may not enjoy sex if they do not take it by force. I will also put in this group men who stalk a woman for the singular reason that they want to have sex with her and exercise that power over her. This is like a vacation to them and it wouldn’t matter whether the woman was dressed in a pudhah or walking the streets wearing g-strings only. Preaching “a gentleman understands that no is NO” is lost on this group.
For this group, a woman is encouraged not to walk dark street corners, or be out alone too late a night, or learn martial arts or carry pepper spray or whatever else she is able to do to be able to ward off such an attacker should he strike. Of course, she knows when she gets raped she cannot be blamed but she takes PREVENTIVE measures because at the end of the day no one wants to be a victim of rape. It is better to be someone who warded off a rapist by biting off his penis than one telling stories in court to see if she can get a conviction.
Then there is the other group I choose to refer to as opportunist rapists. This group does not set out to rape anyone mostly. But they do because the opportunity presents itself. For instance, a lady goes visiting a guy even had agreed verbally to have sex, or even he believes she knows its a shagging session and she starts saying yes by allowing him to touch her but then says no when it gets down to it. The man is too far gone to stop. Yes, he is still a rapist. Yes, he is still wrong. But he will have an ‘I did it because..” and there are people who would support his actions ( I am not a guy but someone has told me there is a point of no return for some guys. Oh well…)
Also in this group are guys who actually like a lady and would not mind marrying her and they keep thinking about this girl to the point that they force themselves on her when they get the opportunity. The girl may like them too and even make herself available to them but note that she does not want sex. Like the bible record of Shechem raping Dinah. Note that Shechem was a gentleman, but violate her he did. Guilty, he is. But if Dinah didn’t make visiting the people of the land a custom would she have been a victim?
Oh, I have not forgotten the issue of dressing. Again let me say that a lady’s dressing should never be seen by any sane person as an invitation to rape. But did anyone say rapists are sane? Opportunist rapists are just as insane as their sociopathic counterparts and that is why for them a woman would do well to avoid certain actions.
I’d you do not want to laugh, do not show your teeth. The default for most people is that a boy and a girl who spend so much time together want to get involved sexually. And with virginity being treated with disdain by many, a guy or girl will believe that if you let them hit first base then they should move to second base. Make your stand clear. Have the conversation. If you do not want sex tell him or her well in advance that you do not want sex. Tell them that when/if you say no it means no.
Do not give off wrong signals. Do not through your dress and mannerisms give off the impression that you are easy. Back in Bible times, there was a dress that identified women of easy virtue. Today, there are clothes for different occasions. The way you dress for the club is different from the way you will dress to the office or to a day party or taking a walk down the street or to the mall. Do not make yourself a walking target. I could use the illustration of someone who doesn’t want to attract thieves not exposing expensive items in their car but I think it has been overused. I will rather ask if you will be thought wise for walking into a bullring dressed in all red and dainty stiletto shoes? Think of every opportunist rapist as a raging bull and you may just get the reason they should never be tempted with red.
My message to my boys is: when a girl says no, no matter how far gone you are, that is the end. No means NO. I believe my boys are sane and reasonable. I know not all men are sane and/or reasonable so my message to my girls will be: Learn martial arts, carry something to protect yourself but do not do anything that will attract the attention of a human predator. It is better to say it could have happened than let’s get a conviction. No conviction will bring back the loss of self-esteem, the anger against the opposite sex, the betrayal and everything else that comes with being a victim.
I never knew I would get to use this cliche expression. But really, prevention is better than cure.
Aptly put, ma’am. A sum of my thoughts all rolled into your writing. Great reading.
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Well said. This is a good stuff.
Enjoyed every bit of it. Yes, male and female rapists are beasts, but I like your point about “Prevention is better than cure”. Women cover yourselves, men, stop showing chest. Looool. Fab read dear, keep it up
Absolutely spot on. Been meaning to write this, but you wrote this better than I could ever have. And it’s far far better coming from someone who’s female.
Well done ma’am.
Thank you Tokunbo. I really do appreciate your comment.
“Learn martial arts” got me laughing at the end. nice one. this has prompted me to write about an experience that would hvE ended in rape. *coming soon*
I will read this as soon as I get the opportunity.
Really is a provisions store better than a kiosk?
Oh yh, before I forget, SAMO write-up. Nothing new or intriguing.
Never thought it was possible but you just found a way to disparage both sexes in one article.
So men are just animals with no measure of self control and discipline would jump on any female as long as she is scantily clothed. Is what we are telling our sons now? That it is okay to rape women who don’t measure up to our ideal way of dressing?
And females should cower and dress up like nuns because every male they come across will rape them if they don’t?
That you even had to ask the question in the headline if the victim is ever to blame should have warned me of the lack of thought in this article.
Thank you very much for your comment. I really should be ashamed of myself.
We have a saying in the scrap metal business for people like him: it is what it is. Or do you prefer: call them as I see them? Realist perhaps?
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Rape most certainly CAN be asked for….let me know if you want examples.
The way a woman dresses plays a major part.
Rape,, Date Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harrasment…are ALL different…but the people who benefit from blurring the differences NEVER let this
Its a shame that more people do not understand this..but I will write an article about it.
I agree. I think that a woman or even a man who dresses provocatively is inviting trouble regardless of their intention. As a woman who wouldn’t dream of wearing tight clothing in public, I look at women who flaunt themselves as nothing less then walking prostitutes who allow others to visually rape them for free. At least prostitutes get paid for their services regardless of how disgusting the service may be.
OMG, I’ve always said the exact same thing.