Why Sexual Assault Survivors Stay Quiet

(Content Warning: Sexual assault, victim-blaming)

Choosing whether or not to report sexual assault shouldn’t be a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. But it is. Staying silent often means the issue is never addressed, but when survivors speak up, they’re met with blame and skepticism. They can’t win.

This comic by Jim C. Hines perfectly captures how unfair and harmful this double standard is.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

Why We Stay Quiet

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Jim C. Hines is best known as a fantasy novelist and the guy who did those gender-flipped SF/F cover poses. He’s currently working on the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan. He’s also the author of more than forty published short stories. Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and works for the State of Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @jimchines.