Columnist writes drunk women to blame for being raped; column deleted
Lara Herrick of the Kansas City Star, blames women who get raped while drunk.
The post has been deleted since it was published on Friday (HUH), but lucky for us, a tipster sent Jezebel screen shots of the original story before it was pulled…
Herrick starts with preemptive defense, possibly at the urging of an editor who sensed a gathering storm in the distance but decided, unwisely, to ignore it.
“I empathize with women who have been raped,” she writes, adding “I would also like to remind men that ‘no means no’ (and if someone is too drunk to say no, then no is implied); that no matter what a woman wears or does, she isn’t ‘asking for it.”
She then spends the rest of the piece asserting literally exactly those things:
I saw a quote on Facebook that said, “When a woman drinks too much she expects to wake up the next day hung over, not raped.” I agree.
But as women, shouldn’t we take responsibility for our bodies by not becoming so intoxicated that we don’t know what is happening? Every woman should know her drink limit and stop there.
No, she’s not asking to be raped by being drunk. But isn’t it her responsibility to reduce the risk by not getting to that point? And if you wake up the morning after doing the ‘walk of shame’ don’t yell rape if you regret your actions of the night before.