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Victim-blaming sexual harassment “PSAs” from Iran

Posted by Tom Megginson | 17-05-2013 19:01 | Category: Women's Issues

Translation: “Veil is Security”

We talk a lot, in the west, about victim-blaming in sexual assault and harassment ads. In Iran, however, deliberate victim-blaming is apparently the preferred strategy.


This collection, put together by Buzzfeed’s Copyranter, provides translations which I have included below the images.

Translation: “Improper Hijab is the starting point of harassment for those who seek to harass.”

Translation: “Psychologists say: those who dress inappropriately and use lots of makeup have character issues.”

Translation: “We ourselves invite [sexual] harassment: Girls who do not dress properly are harassed and targeted in the streets.”

According to Wikipedia:

“Bad hijab” ― exposure of any part of the body other than hands and face – is subject to punishment of up to 70 lashes or 60 days imprisonment. In April 2007, the Tehran police, (which is under Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s supervision), began the most fierce crackdown on what is known as “bad hijab” in more than a decade. In the capital Tehran thousands of Iranian women were cautioned over their poor Islamic dress and several hundred arrested.

In response to a gang-rape at a garden party in Khomeinishahr in 2011, in which several women wer attacked, community leaders had this to say (via BBC):

“Those who were raped were not praiseworthy,” said the imam of Khomeinishahr, Musa Salemi, in his Friday sermon.

“Only two out of the 14 were related. They had come to our town to party and provoked the others [the rapists] by their wine drinking and dancing.”

His sentiments were echoed in comments made by the town’s police commander, Revolutionary Guards Col Hossein Yardoosti.

“I believe the raped women’s families are to blame, because if they had proper clothing and if the sound of their music was not so loud, the rapist would not have imagined it as a depraved get-together,” he was quoted as saying.

Reports said that he was considering legal action against the rape victims for their behaviour.

Update: Adland posted about an ad very similar to the “flies” one above back in 2008:


Copyranter (Buzzfeed)

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