Institutionalised victim blaming

Under current policy, the university investigates students who report sexual assault for violations of the school’s strict honor code, which bans premarital sex, same-sex dating, alcohol consumption and being in the bedroom of someone of the opposite sex, among other things. This means a student who reports a sexual assault could end up being placed on probation, suspended or expelled if the university finds them to have been in violation of the honor code.

An honor code in a university? Must be in an Islamic country or a culturally conservative Asian or African country.

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 01: A sign stands at the main entrance to the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. People in the Mormon community, including college students, were the targets of a fraud perpetrated by record producer Henry Jones and Tri Energy Inc., the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges. (Photo by George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

No. It is in the United States of America. It is the Brigham Young University in Utah. It is a privately owned university run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon church.

Society blaming the victim in sexual assault cases is nothing new. It is one of the main reason that many such cases are not reported. But to have it institutionalised is uncommon. Islamic countries do it by prescribing cruel punishments to rape victims. It seems a university in USA is also doing something similar in the name of religion. Should an enlightened society tolerate such gross violations of human rights?

If you think the university should stop punishing victims of sexual assault, please sign this online petition started by a student victim of rape.


  1. Chancellor of the Exchequer says

    Classic, “Why were you there anyway?” can these people even come up with something better?

  2. says

    Does anyone really believe the mormons have changed their religious dogma (re:black people, native Americans or jews)? Only in what they say publicly, but not behind closed doors. And it definitely hasn’t changed toward women.

    Like any other abhorrent religious belief, it won’t change until the collection plate total declines.

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