Who’s the Victim Here?

“Okay, so tell me what happened” the police officer said.

“As I was passing by the alley minding my own business,” she said, “an arm shot out, grabbed me, pulled me into the alley, and threw me up against the wall. I thought he was going to rape me.”

She began to sob, but then regained control. “He grabbed my purse, ripped my necklace from around my neck, and then told me to remove my watch and ring and give them to him. And then he just slipped away toward the back of the alley.”

“Can you describe him?” The police officer asked.

“He was heavy, maybe 250 pounds. He had a bad complexion, lots of acne, the kind of zits that ooze pus. And his breath was rancid.”

“Did you catch the color of his eyes or hair,” the officer asked.

“They were brown and the whites of his eyes had a tinge of red, like he was stoned. He had on a knit cap, so I couldn’t see what color his hair was.”

“When he spoke, did he have an accent?”

“No, but his vocabulary was atrocious, for what it’s worth.”

“Okay, so despite the fact that you are very provocatively dressed, his motive apparently was not rape,” the office said.

“Wait, are you suggesting that, by the way I am dressed, I was looking for trouble?” the woman indignantly asked. “Listen, I’m not the one who was breaking the law here. I am the victim and I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“What I’m saying,” the officer said, “is that a pretty woman like you, walking alone at two in the morning and wearing a skimpy tank top and tight jean shorts, makes an attractive target for certain types of men.”

“By certain types of men,” she said, “do you mean men like you?”


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, where the word is “top” and the photo above. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (slip), The Daily Spur (heavy), Word of the Day Challenge (complexion), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ooze), Your Daily Word prompt (tinge), My Vivid Blog (vocabulary), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (motive), JusJoJan (looking), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (breaking the law).

9 thoughts on “Who’s the Victim Here?

  1. newepicauthor January 20, 2022 / 10:39 am

    There are a lot of bad men in the world and this woman should not be judged by the way she is dressed.

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  2. msjadeli January 20, 2022 / 10:59 am

    Those kinds of rationalizations have kept women being assaulted for hundreds of years. Have you seen, “The Last Duel” yet? How about, “Promising Young Woman”? Both directly speak to what you say in your story. Thank you for being an advocate for female safety.

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    • Fandango January 20, 2022 / 11:33 am

      I haven’t seen either movie yet, but I will take a look.

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  3. emkingston January 20, 2022 / 11:03 am

    This happened so much that victims are afraid to come forward and fight their attacker. Thanks for touching on this topic, Fandango! Great use of my prompt, also. 🙂

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  4. Marleen January 20, 2022 / 12:26 pm

    My daughter-in-law said, last night, that she would probably die if someone tried to rape her — because she would fight back (in the context of being against putting anyone to death even for murder) and would prefer to die rather than be raped. I told her capital punishment is okay in the case of rape… in the Bible. She has some moral go-ahead to kill the guy.

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