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IN People ON 15 Mar, 2016
As shameful as it gets, society's tendency to blame the victim of a tragedy, more so when the victim is a girl, is a fact. And the worst part of this tendency is that it transcends all borders and boundaries, and exists in almost every society all around the world. A very similar, and once again shameful, incident occurred recently when two Argentinian girls met with tragedy. Scroll down to read about it.
María José Coni and Marina Menegazzo, two Argentinian 20-something-year-olds, wanted to travel. They spent weeks traveling together up the west coast of South America - from Lima, Peru, to Ecuador's "Mitad del Mundo," living their dream. But then, tragedy struck.
In the Ecuadorian coastal city of Montañita, the two friends were offered a place to stay by two men whom they did not know. A few days later, their bodies were found in plastic bags.
Support and sympathy poured in for the victims' families. But before soon, everyone was debating about how María and Marina may have put themselves at risk. This thought process is a very comforting one - thinking how a crime could have been prevented had the victim done something differently. This is known as victim-blaming.
Guadalupe Acosta, a student from Paraguay, decided to speak up against this outrageous victim-blaming.
She spoke up in a very different way, bringing to light the serious matters. Here is her post, translated in English.
The post has touched several hearts, and has been shared more than 700,000 times.
It is important for our societies to change their mindsets. It is imperative to understand that victim-blaming is immoral, and in many ways, even inhuman.