• VICTIM BLAMING

    Why we do it; how we can stop it

    • Illusion of control
    • Uncognitive biases
    • "Just world" fallacy
    • Fundamental attribution error
    • False sense of responsibility
    • Gender biases
  • As humans, we are hard-wired to prefer feeling good to feeling bad. We want to believe in we live in a just world, where good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people.

    We are less bothered by sexual assault when we can convince ourselves  it was the victim's fault -- or that the person somehow deserved it .Unconsciously, we look for ways to blame the victim. She was ugly. He wasn't a real man. She didn't fight back. She went to a frat party and got drunk -- what did she think was going to happen?

    Blaming victims of sexual assault gives us the illusion of control. But the truth is sexual assault can happen to anyone. Learning to recognize In this talk Jackie teaches us how to recognize our unconscious biases against victims to create a safer and happier world for all of us.