When attempting to eradicate the widespread issue of sexual violence and gender-based harassment, initiatives and attention MUST be placed onto those that seek to commit the crime, rather than the victim. The problem that so many individuals and institutions, like the police force, fail to recognize is that these visual images implant messages that the perpetrator has ZERO responsibility in these matters; this sexist ideology or belief system furthers the continuation of men abusing women in inhumane ways.
Should women be proactive in taking precautionary measures to protect themselves?....ABSOLUTELY! As human beings, WE ALL SHOULD! But if the termination of rape and other forms of sexual violence is to ever be actualized, our schools, religious institutions, television programs, films, multimedia sources and legislative systems MUST cease the messaging of women as sexual objects and "the weaker sex" and redirect it into an overarching ethos and cultural practice where women and girls are regarded as human beings. Only then will patriarchy become a relic of the past!
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