The amount of media coverage currently dedicated to sexual assault is unprecedented. And it is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is beneficial: the news cycle, while triggering, feels like a tipping point in how we talk about sexual violence. Victims’ voices are being amplified, necessary conversations about harassment and abuse are happening, and allies are stepping up to own and reject their complicity in rape culture. However, this boom in coverage also has a dark downside: it offers fresh opportunities to perpetuate victim blaming on national platforms and in greater quantities than ever before.
Two thirds of the women in jail are of color, and the majority of that population is also low-income. Further, nearly 80 percent of the incarcerated are mothers, most of them raising a child without a partner. Eighty-two percent were incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, while 32 percent have serious mental illness and 82 percent suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Finally, 77 percent of those polled were victims of partner violence and and another 60 percent experienced caregiver violence.
"This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions," Kelly said. "They stay silent so often out of fear — fear of ending their careers, fear of lawyers, yes, and often fear of public shaming." Kelly said it gives her "no pleasure" to make these claims against her former employer, "but this must stop."
While women’s groups stood behind Hill, many men in the Senate ― at that time, there were only two female senators ― dragged her through the mud, questioning her credibility, whether she wanted it and wondering why she continued to work for Thomas if his behavior was really all that bad. Depressingly, those sorts of attacks are still pulled out when women today report sexual harassment.