The Invisible War

1662 WordsOct 18, 20157 Pages
The Invisible War 1. a. While watching The Invisible War, many of the service members were treated as though their attire (short skirts, running shorts, etc.), behavior, and alcohol consumption encouraged the sexual assault attacks and sexual harassment they endured during their service in the military. Also known as “victim blaming”, this form of blaming often occurs because perpetrators do not want to be held culpable for their wrongdoing. It also may be used as a way to take the blame off the wrongdoer and displace it onto the victim. In addition, the perpetrators often believe that the victim so called “deserved” the violence and mistreating that they suffered because of their vulnerability (behavior, dress, etc.). b. Victim blaming can cause serious mental health issues for the victim as revealed throughout The Invisible War. Many of these victims suffer a life long battle of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Often mental illness is ignored or belittled but for many of these veterans, their mental health has interfered with relationships, daily life, occupations, etc.. c. I have heard “victim blaming” unfortunately way too many times. One account I remember specifically was in regards to girl around my age whom I work with who had just been dumped by her boyfriend. While discussing the weekend that had just passed by, she told a fellow coworker that she was walking in the city at two in the morning in a short black dress when a few
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