I Never Ask for It, a campaign by Blank Noise to unite voices against Victim Blaming
Recently, Blank Noise, an organisation of individuals and citizens who have united to eradicate gender-based and sexual violence, has recently brought their campaign, “I Never Asked for It” to light. A video where different women are talking about the clothes they were wearing when they got abused and people’s reaction of opening up about their abuse. Emphasising on the fact that it is not the one abused who asks for it, it brings out the important discussion around the Victim Blaming attitude of society.
Unite against the systemic use of victim blame.
End the justification of violence against women, girls and all persons. Believe Survivors.
Step in to build the #INeverAskForIt Mission. pic.twitter.com/fyqnZe00XH
— Blank Noise #INeverAskForIt (@BlankNoise) November 18, 2020
The campaign raises very necessary discussion about the fact that there is no reason for which women or anyone should get abused. There is nothing that anyone chooses to do, that could attract an abuser. The victim-blaming claims like the cloths, the body, the walk, the tone, the facial expressions, etc., should never be a claim to suggest why a person happen to get abused. Instead, this victim-blaming should be abolished and the onus should be put on the perpetrator of the crime. As there is no one who ever asks for ‘it’, for violence, abuse, or rape.
That this even needs to be said. So say it, again and again and again. There is no dress, no relationship, no context, no hour, no moment, no gray zone. #INeverAskForIt
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 23, 2020
The video which was posted on 18th November 2020 has crossed more than one million views on Twitter, and in reaction to it, there are other women who are speaking up about their abuse, how they were blamed for their abuse and how people won’t put the onus on the perpetrator of the crime.
Victim blaming demeans sexual assault survivors. Asking survivors what they wore or what time it was, unfairly takes the blame off the sexual offender and places it on the victim.
Let's remember victims don't cause rape. Rapists do. #INeverAskForIt
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) November 23, 2020
— 👅❣_M_a_r_l_i_n_302❣👅 (@_your_shairy_) November 23, 2020
The movement started by an Artist and Activist, Jasmeen Patheja, who is the founder of Blank Noise. Today, IPS Isha Pant from Bengaluru Police will join form the Blank Noise’s Twitter to do a question-answer round addressing the victim-blaming attitude of society towards in dealing with the Gender BAsed Violence.
Join us in Q & A with IPS @isha_pant tomorrow, Monday
23rd November 6- 6 30 pm IST. Isha Pant @BlrCityPolice will address victim blaming and reporting sexual and #GBV.
Do you have a question for the police? Send it in right away.
Thank you for joining. #INeverAskForIt pic.twitter.com/CBEZGYUAIV
— Blank Noise #INeverAskForIt (@BlankNoise) November 22, 2020
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