Rape is never the victim’s fault. That’s the message Bree Wiseman was trying to convey when she posted a picture of her dog on Facebook.
By, 20 May 2019
Bree Wiseman is a pastry chef and restaurant manager in Tennessee, USA. Concerned about general matters of human rights, she one day decided to take to social media to share a very important message.
She had the best inspiration for her deeply moving post: her dog. Indeed, the 22-year-old woman was having dinner at home when she told her Pitbull 'no', so that he would stay away from the juicy steak sitting on the table.
Although the photo by itself doesn’t look like anything special, the description she combined it with made it a perfect analogy for the responsibility of rapists when it comes to rape.
The post read: “To the people that say women get raped due to the way they are dressed. This is my dog. His favourite food is steak. He is eye level with my plate. He won’t get any closer because I told him no. If a dog is better behaved than you are, you need to re-evaluate your life.”
A powerful message
A few simple sentences convey such a profound truth about the patriarchal society of the 21st century. In today’s world, rape is often blamed on the victim, though, as Bree’s post shows so well, humans should have the sense to understand if someone says 'no'.
In an interview with HuffPost, Bree added: “If a 4-year-old Pitbull understands the word ‘no’, even though he is looking at something he wants so bad he is literally drooling, then adults should understand ‘no’, no matter how the other adult is dressed. Appearances shouldn’t make any difference in sexual assault cases.”
As her beautiful pittie so adorably showed, "the only person to blame in a rape offense is the rapist. It was their decision to rape. People shouldn’t have to worry about what they chose to wear for fear of rape. I want people to see that this is a problem, and to stand together against victim-shaming."
This cutie has unknowingly become a symbol of women’s rights on social media, where thousands of women are thanking him for so simply denouncing sexual violence. In the meantime, he's just enjoying his life with his loving dog mum!