“Students who have seen Beat the “Blame Game” anxiously await upcoming programs. Not only are they captivated by the use of humor, but they are inspired by the commitment to ending sexual violence.” Connie Adams, Belles Against Violence, Saint Mary’s College
why book beat the blame game?
Recent research trends point to the effectiveness of bystander intervention approaches as a means of reducing the incidence of rape in communities. However, the problem lies in that many of us have become desensitized to the cultural forces that reinforce a rape-supportive culture. Part of what sustains this desensitization is adherence to victim-blaming beliefs. We decide that the culture and the perpetrator aren’t to blame for rape: it’s the victim’s fault for not following the rules of the sexual game. The more we buy into victim-blaming, the less likely it is that we will feel responsible for helping anyone vulnerable.
Beat the Blame Game is designed to be the reality check that interrupts this desensitization. It actively engages audiences into a candid dialogue about why there is a deep-seated, often self-protective need to blame victims, and dismantles the false logic behind those beliefs. The program highlights not only how victim-blaming arguments lack any moral center, but also how to respond effectively to those arguments when you hear them being made by others.