Archive for July 16th, 2011

Sexual Violence in Guatemala

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A woman goes out to a club wearing a miniskirt. She gets pretty drunk and stumbles home in the wrong direction. She ends up lost in a bad neighborhood. She gets raped. Is she to blame in some way? Was this her fault? Was she asking for it? (via You Are Not So Smart)

Believe it or not, there’s a widespread perception that it is. What’s this all about? Well, if you recall we have talked about violence against women in Guatemala. Recently there’s women-only buses in Guatemala City too… another indicator.

Another important fact has been revealed the past week, equally overwhelming: 33,000 calls that report cases of sexual violence in almost half year of 2011. Numbers speak for themselves and that’s crazy. The phone number to report these abuses in Guatemala is 1571 and provides free attention to victims of sexual violence.

In psychology, the previous example is also know as: The Just-World Fallacy.