Today, TMZ reported that Stacey Dash filed a police report against a man who has been harassing her. LAPD sources shared that the man repeatedly hacked into Dash’s Twitter account, posted pictures and had access to her information without her consent. When TMZ interviewed Dash about the incident, she decided to send a message to all women about dealing with bothersome men: “Do not be a victim.”
She noted that her trip to the police station is what every woman should do if a man harasses them. Seek out the help of authorities and obtain justice.
And although Dash may feel like she’s being helpful to her peers by divulging such information, I find her insight to be questionable.
By telling women not to be a victim if they’ve been harassed or assaulted, she’s basically saying that they need to take the proper steps to protect themselves, derive strength from what they’ve been through and then move forward. Don’t play victim. But if you’ve been victimized, you’ve been victimized. Suggesting that women should suck it up is problematic. Still, Dash’s mentality on this issue doesn’t come as a surprise since she has made similar comments regarding the wage gap, calling it an “excuse” for women, as well as calling some victims of sexual assault “bad girls.”
However, some believed Dash’s latest statements meant women should stand up for themselves. Though the language she used to express such thoughts leads me to believe that she thinks women are in control of not allowing heinous acts to affect them. Despite this frivolous thought process, many of us know that filing a police report against your assailants does not stop anyone from violating you again and it won’t erase whatever harassment you’ve dealt with already. It also doesn’t mean the police assigned to the case of an everyday woman being harassed, and not a celebrity like Dash, will make it a priority to help her get justice…
But what do you think?