I agree Teeny. Clothing has nothing to do with whether or not a woman is assaulted, how many more studies need to be done on this? When will people stop blaming the victim? That attitude is so old and tired it just gives me a headache.
Of course it does. Predators look for people that are easy targets. Clothing, stance, and demeanor all have to do with that.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Yes *some* (there are many different types) predators look for easy targets. But in this case, 'easy target' means someone who looks like they are not aware of their surroundings, or who looks timid, or lost, or weak.
It has *zero* to do with whether the victim is wearing a short skirt, a bikini top and platform heels; or jeans and a hoodie; or a burqa.
ETA: The 'long hair as handle' thing is also a myth. I encourage you to find out about the Groth typology of rapists, and also to check out some facts at http://www.rainn.org/
I dont understand what you mean "in this case" - do you know the guy? do you know if he was an opportunistic predator, or a rapist, or just a socially clueless guy? Did he tell you he wasnt looking for an easy target, or that he didnt think in his head "heels=more difficult to run in." Because that's the only way you can know for certain, that it 100% has notthing to do with what a victim is wearing.
BTW, other than clothing, your site lists the things I mentioned to reduce your risk of assault as well.
I mean, in the case of any man who is looking for a victim. The site I posted said that women should wear clothes that were easy to move around in. Ironically, if we did that, we'd dress like female athletes in tiny tight shorts and sports bras. Pretty revealing, I'd say.
I just hate this slut-shaming culture that we live in. You know what I'd say is probably hardest to run in? A long skirt and flip-flops. Yet society deems that appropriate, conservative attire. And I've *never* heard a judge in a rape trial say, "well, flip-flops *are* hard to run in, so essentially the victim invited this attack".
The clothing argument only ever seems to apply to clothes that society deems 'slutty'. And that's an argument that just sickens me.