After a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in Scottsdale over the weekend, many comments on Facebook show people blaming the victim.
Jessye Johnson with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, who does not have knowledge of this specific case, said just because a victim was drunk, that does not give anyone the right to take advantage of her.
At his first court appearance, Rodolfo Ramirez's attorney said there was no evidence to show his client committed the crimes alleged. And a friend of Ramirez's who we spoke to said he was shocked when he heard the news.
"He's a good guy," the friend said. "I don't know what happened, but he's a good guy."
Although Scottsdale Police paint a clear picture of a perpetrator and a victim, Facebook tells a different story. One commenter said, "I blame her friend for leaving her and don't blame him." Another said, "She drunk [sic] herself unconscious. Both are to blame."
"There's a tendency for some reason in our culture to say, well, if you hadn’t done that, he wouldn’t have done this," Johnson said.
But she added that has a chilling effect on whether women report crimes against them.
"'This is somehow your fault,' and so there’s a reluctance to even report the crime that their character is being questioned," Johnson said.
While all are innocent until proven guilty and Ramirez has his right to due process, Johnson said in any case, no one deserves to be taken advantage of. She added that consent is a clear, affirmative "yes," and can be revoked at any time.
"When we’re looking at cases like this, having that moment of pause and saying, well, who is really responsible here?"
We reached out to the attorney for Ramirez during his initial court appearance and he said he has no comment at this time.
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