Why Don't People Trust Rape Survivors? The Answer Is All Kinds Of Crazy

On this week's episode of 'Braless,' Laci Green tackles the stereotype that women are crazy and can't be trusted.

"That girl is crazy."

"She wanted it."

"She's doing it for attention."

Ever heard someone say something like this about a woman you know? Probably yes, because it happens all the time -- especially when a woman reports she's been sexually assaulted.

On this week's episode of "Braless," Laci Green tackles this stereotype that women are crazy and can't be trusted.

Laci brings up the fact that 35 women have come forward and accused Bill Cosby of assault, and people still believe Cosby is innocent. In fact, it took Hannibal Burress from "Broad City," making a joke about Cosby's reputation as a "rapist" for people to even take the women's claims seriously in the first place.

This kind of disbelief in women's stories is ubiquitous, and when it comes to rape, it can be a form of victim-blaming. By asking women questions like, "Did you lead him on in any way?" or "How much did you have to drink?" We are assuming that the women are confused or at worse, lying about what happened to them. The long effect of this is that more rapists get away with the crime, simply because no one supports the women when they bravely come forward.

In fact, 97% of rapists never receive any punishment at all.

And that is the DEFINITION of crazy.


"The amount of people who distrust survivors is hugely disproportionate to the reality of sexual assault," says Laci. "This distrust and paranoia ultimately makes it harder for victims to get justice and maintains the power of rapists who know they won’t be held accountable."

So what can we do to change this? Well, here's an idea: Whether it's our friends or celebrities we don't know IRL, let's just try believing women's stories.

It's literally the most rational thing we can do.

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