Rape Victim Blaming Still Common, Study Shows ({{commentsTotal}})

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When it comes to rape, victim blaming is still fairly common in Estonia, with 47 percent of people agreeing that the the clothes women wear can be a cause of rape, a study indicates.

When asked whether women invite rape by their choice of clothing, people aged 15-35 were the least likely to agree, whereas 57 percent of people people aged 50-64 and 67 percent of people aged 65 and older agreed with the assertion, uudised.err.ee reported on Wednesday.

The attitude also seems to be linked to education - only 35 percent of people with a high education agreed the victim was to blame.

More than half of people living in medium-sized and small towns tend to agree the victim’s clothing is to blame for rape, while people living in cities do not agree that the choice of clothing invites violence.

The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and carried out by TMS Emor in March and April among 1,111 people.

Last fall, an article published in Delfi caused a stir when it apparently misquoted a police official as saying that the cause of a majority of rape cases are women drinking too much among people they don’t know. After a number of protests, the title was changed and the police made a follow-up statement, saying that alcohol abuse by both men and women are contributing factors to rape.