Inés Hercovich: Why women stay silent after sexual assault
Inés Hercovich - Sociologist, social psychologist
Inés Hercovich is a pioneer in the study of sexual violence against women. Full bio
or will be sexually assaulted
take refuge in silence --
involves a close family member
to deal with and talk about.
why I think we don't believe them.
a woman tells what happened to her,
the Mitre Railroad tracks.
as she was on her way home.
attacked her from behind,
and that she shouldn't move.
and it's dark and two-dimensional;
it's as if there were no people involved.
it doesn't fit in 10 or 20 seconds.
of a woman I'll call "Ana."
on sexual assault.
to the same pub we always go to.
cool guy; we talked a lot.
it was time to go.
he'd drive me home.
he liked me and touched my leg.
to approach me that way,
didn't mean anything by it,
he kept going straight.
a mistake, and I said,
to what I was feeling?'
unless I wanted it to.
in the glove compartment.
and tried to kiss me.
but he was holding my arms down.
the door, but it was locked.
where would I have gone?
who needed to do that to be with a girl,
but not in that way.
I were his older sister.
my mouth with one hand
he unbuckled his belt.
strangle me, you know?
and then take me home."
the window and call for help?
when she felt something bad might happen?
of story not on the news
presenting it on a stage like this --
with the story of what happened to them,
we won't be able to understand --
and suspicion will creep in.
really bad and guilty.
from the discomfort, we have an option.
on all the parts of the story
the locked doors, the isolated location.
on all the parts of the story
that she liked him, too,
as if she were his older sister,
that she really was a victim.
to believe she's innocent,
as helpless, paralyzed, mute.
to avoid the discomfort.
we didn't expect to hear,
"I asked him to take me home,"
on the things we did expect to hear:
were dressed, right?
but rather, judgments --
struggled to avoid being raped.
both to blame and to victimize,
to be of any use,
if what happened to her qualified as rape.
in a kidnapping.
was something different.
about this with anyone.
she'd choose to tell her story to
as the rest of us:
when it comes to things like this.
than the rape itself.
to a friend or a sister.
have been extremely difficult:
on his face or in his voice
the end of their relationship.
because deep down she knows
not her family or therapists,
actually did in that moment.
that was happening were normal,
that she would turn him in later.
in the eyes of the law.
that the victim prove her innocence --
to prove her innocence --
in a vigorous and continuous fight
talking about themselves
to the will of the other.
and even a little proud
they had been at the time,
they paid to every detail,
some control over what was happening.
and at the lowest cost.
or a businessman
on a Friday or Saturday;
the victims to be demure women
About the speaker:Inés Hercovich - Sociologist, social psychologist
Inés Hercovich is a pioneer in the study of sexual violence against women.
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Inés Hercovich is a sociologist and social psychologist who for decades has researched subjects related to the discrimination of women. She is a pioneer in the study of sexual violence against women, and in 1990 she founded the first crisis service for victims of sexual assault. Apart from her work, Hercovich is also a sculptor, and in recent years, a world traveler.
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