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Did Stacey Dash Really Call Out Rape Victims on National TV? (Opinion)

By LAURYN FRONEBERGER

Actress Stacey Dash shocked the nation once again with her offensive commentary about college girls who have been victims of campus rape on the Fox News show “Outnumbered,” a relatively new talk show that features several panelists who discuss trending national headlines.

Courtesy: Fox News
Courtesy: Fox News

If you don’t know her for her role in the popular film Clueless, you know her for some of the outrageous things she’s said. One of her most infamous comments was to say that the Democratic Party has a “Plantation Mentality.”

On Friday’s episode of “Outnumbered,” Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros and Stacey Dash sat down to dish on the controversy surrounding the decision made by national sororities to ask UVA sorority sisters to stay away from frat houses. The topic also shifted to the decision to ban hard alcohol on Dartmouth College’s campus.
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Rather than discussing the nature of these decisions, such as how they can contribute to sexual assault, Dash resorted to victim blaming by saying that rape victims are the girls who “like to be naughty.”
The video originally surfaced online at Jezebel.com Click here to watch the entire clip.
Early in her argument she makes the distinction between those who are considered “good sorority girls” and those who are “bad.” Dash said that these good girls were the ones who were told to stay home while the others “might go out and play and get hurt.”
Dash further explains the logic behind her comments in this excerpt from the video below:
“But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
After all the controversy with the UVA rape case, you would think that people in America would start realizing the importance of being educated about rape culture. It seems as if America has inadvertently created this culture that slut-shames and blames rape victims for their own assault. If Dash stands behind her “guns don’t kill people” logic, then why is it that she hasn’t realized despite alcohol’s role (if any at all) in any of these college fraternity/sorority situations we should still be teaching boys and young men not to rape women.
What confused me the most was Tantaros’ comment about “rules” in the excerpt below:
Are women strong enough to take care of themselves, or are they not strong enough to take care of themselves? Because we are getting so many mixed messages.”
Aside from her mentioning the UVA rape suspects not being convicted, she goes on to say:
I mean girls are given rape whistles and boys aren’t allowed at frat parties – either women can handle liquor and make responsible choices or they can’t. And they’re a bunch of babies who need to be kept away from liquor and boys.
Courtesy: Giphy.com
Courtesy: Giphy.com
And with Fox News, known for their right wing conservative bias, seemingly agreeing with Dash’s point it draws the question of whether or not the majority of American people actually believe in slut-shaming and blaming the actions of sexual assault victims. Let’s not forget about the time Fox News contributor George Will said  “college girls see victimhood as coveted status.”
Imagine being a college girl who had been sexually assaulted recently. Should we blame her for being a victim of a misfortune act that will agonize her for the rest of her life or do we support her and encourage college campuses to start the dialogue on preventing sexual assault in the first place? The answer is clear.
The implications of Dash’s comments are far greater than what she could’ve imagined. As a woman, she is now promoting a message to all rape victims that says “everything that happened was your fault” which most victims already have engraved in their minds after their assault. It is one thing to hear a man make insensitive comments that blame rape victims but the wound stings twice as a hard when another woman begins slut shaming victims. The victim blaming environment that is created by statements from powerful people like Stacey Dash eventually removes the voice of the victim who often need to tell their stories to fight back against the painful experience they endured during their assault. These comments continue a cycle of silencing the victim that many famous commentators perpetuate in segments like this one and I am tired of it!
The underlying issue here is bigger than “what was she drinking?” or “why did she go to the fraternity house?” It is more-so of why in 2015 we still have to hear stories about victim blaming and people can openly criticize rape victims for crimes against them.
Ms. Dash, Ms. Tantaros and anyone else who sides with these women: it is not about “responsible choices” and “handling liquor!” It is about women having the right to party and enjoy themselves without having to watch out for predators who still won’t see their actions as wrong.
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