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Woman Uses Photo Of Her Dog To Show How Rape Is Not The Woman’s Fault In Powerful Post

She hopes posts like hers can help raise awareness of the insidious nature of blaming sexual assault victims.

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Two years ago, a woman's simple Facebook post packed a powerful punch and is still relevant in today's #MeToo climate. Back then Bree Wiseman was 22-years-old and shared a picture of her adorable pitbull sitting patiently and obediently next to a plate of food. Nothing extraordinary, right?  But what's the lesson here? Take a closer look and you'll notice a simple yet powerful message: no means no.

 

In her caption, she wrote: To the people that say women get raped due to the way they are dressed. This is my dog. His favorite 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 reevaluate your life. Feel free to share, my dog is adorable. And viral it did go. The post currently has over 326K shares on Facebook. Wiseman, who was working as a pastry chef and restaurant manager, in Tennessee at the time told HuffPost, that she too had experienced a sexual assault and it was a message that resonated with her. She believed that a victim's actions, appearance or personality are always put under scrutiny while the perpetrator's actions are always excused.

 

 

"If a 4-year-old pit bull 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,” she said, adding, "How is it that a simple-minded animal has the ability to understand better than a large part of the adult population?” She hoped that her post would shed light on how insidious victim-blaming can be, and hopes posts like hers can help raise awareness on the issue. "The only person to blame in a rape offense is the rapist," she said. "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.”  

 

 

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The dog who taught the world a valuable lesson is now 6-years-old and is affectionately called Louis. Speaking to Bored Panda, Bree said that she never expected the post to blow up. It's also kind of sad that so many people can relate to it, she admitted.  "Almost everyone I know has been through trauma or at least uncomfortable situations just because someone didn’t respect the word no,” she said. "I posted that because I believe in what I said. Once the hundreds of comments flooded in misconstruing what I wrote, I turned off the comments. People can take the post however they wish." Talking about the good boy in her life, she said, "I’ve had him since he was very small, Bree said. "I didn’t really train him. I just talked to him like he was a person and eventually he caught on! He’s always been well behaved."

 

 

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