I’d like to get some wider input into this one.
The suggestion was made that we need a specific FAQ, and I think we do. This was my first take in comments answering that suggestion:
The simple answer is that a rape apology is any argument that boils down to the myth that rapists can be provoked into raping by what the victim does or does not do.
Such apologies feed off the old myth that rapists have no control over the sexual temptation they experience in response to the victim, therefore the victim could have avoided awakening the irresistible rape temptation by behaving differently. It’s classic victim-blaming.
Most people who make such arguments are not consciously intending to defend rapists. They are simply repeating arguments they have heard before and haven’t fully examined.
There are some excellent posts about rape myths and victim blaming around. I have linked to a few in this FAQ:
FAQ: What’s wrong with suggesting that women take precautions to prevent being raped?.
I know that can be improved upon, especially with some material on rape culture. Suggestions please, especially for links to good posts.