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The NSW Police using a Beyonce meme to victim shame rape victims for the ‘lols’ is a prime example of why we’re not taken seriously.
This is why we can’t feel safe. This is why we don’t seek help when we need it, and this is why we don’t feel like we can go to the police:
Amazingly, this comes not too far removed from the awful (yet awfully familiar) story of Eurydice Dixon. While that narrative shook a nation with its brutality; it seems that the moment beyond, where we considered the daily trials and risks the women in our lives face was a fleeting one, one we seemingly weren’t serious about, as we’re clearly back to making light of the dangers.
Clearly, the victim blaming uttered by the Victorian police is shared by their NSW counterparts, but while the comments of Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper were tone deaf, this is positively Beethoven.
I realise that the police are attempting to be down with the kids through the usage of memes, but what are they presenting with this? Beyond the attempts at comedy, what? If you didn’t want to be raped, you should have learned the lyrics of our Beyonce meme?
These are the reasons why our fears are dismissed as paranoia, why our cries are derided as hysteria. This is why we’re not taken seriously. Respect is an example set. Respect, just like shit, rolls downhill.
Clearly, the NSW police have opted for the latter.