Photographer challenges culture of victim-blaming in sexual assault cases

Jayne Jackson Photographer challenges culture of victim-blaming in sexual assault cases

A photographer from Bournemouth has created a project to challenge the culture of victim-blaming in sexual assault cases.

Jayne Jackson, 39, has created a series of portraits taken in the style of mugshots.

In each of the pictures the woman is holding up a placard bearing phrases like “let him buy a drink”, to reflect the way in which victims of sexual assault are frequently blamed for being attacked.

The Arts University Bournemouth Student has named the series “Asking for It” and it is currently being exhibited at the university. Sexual harassment at work remains ‘alarmingly high after #MeToo’

Those who visit the exhibition are being asked to give their own “verdict” on the charges written on each of the placards in the photographs

Jackson tells The Independent that she was inspired to start the project after reading about the death of a young woman following the acquittal of her alleged rapist.“That woman’s underwear was held up three times in court as evidence against her,” Jackson says. “It was kind of the final straw for me and just stuck in my head.”Jackson explains that victim-blaming is one of the most damaging things a person can do to a victim of sexual assault. Created with Sketch. Photography project challenges victim-blaming Show all 7 Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch. Photography project challenges victim-blaming 1/7 Let him buy a drink Jayne Jackson 2/7 Wore red Jayne Jackson 3/7 Flirted Jayne […]

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