Many other parts of the world have come a long way since the days of blaming a rape victim for the attack because of the way she was dressed, or because of the way she was acting, forever implying that “she was asking for it.”
Not so in Saudi Arabia. Women are routinely blamed and punished for crimes of a sexual nature committed against them. In rape cases, the woman is nearly always faulted, no matter what her age or what she was wearing. More than likely she was dressed in the all too familiar Saudi female’s uniform of a black cloak from head to toe, but even then, she is considered too sexy for men to be expected to control themselves around her.
So it should come as no surprise that in a recent poll, morethan 86% of men blamed women’s eye makeup as the leading reason for the increase in the number of cases of men molesting women. This, despite the fact that in Islam men are required to “lower their gaze” and not to look at women, so as not to be tempted. The articles I read didn’t say what the women polled thought about this eye makeup issue.
The survey was conducted by the King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and queried almost one thousand Saudi men and women.
Another high ranking reason thought to be responsible for the rise in attacks on women was the lack of accountability and punishment. Eighty per cent of the respondents felt that men can simply get away with behaving badly because, in this society, they can! There is no fear of recrimination for their actions and no consequences. I believe that this has always been a valid reason since men here are rarely held responsible for their actions against women and are not expected to be able to control themselves around them. However, this doesn’t account for a rise in the number of cases of harassment of women as nothing has really changed within the law or the punishment.
When are the people and the government of Saudi Arabia going to get with the program and stop blaming the victim?
Saudi men, you need to accept responsibility for your actions, learn how to control yourselves around women, and stop blaming women when you harass them. Sheesh!