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Does a person bear some of the responsibility for his or her victimization if the person maintains a lifestyle that contributes to the chances of becoming a crime victim? In other words, should we “blame the victim?”

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This is a pretty complicated question that requires nuance and critical thinking to address. I would address this question by starting to think about:

1. how people are often attacked because of hate-based attacks such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, classism, ableism, anti-homeless sentiment, anti-immigrant sentiment, etc, and should never be blamed for the oppressive realities of the state and dominant society,

2. how states set up systems of courts and police that create an illusion of safety for some and active oppression for others—often for the same...

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