Victim was the title of a British film made in 1961, directed by Basil Deardon and starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Simms.
The film tells the story of a homosexual barrister who is being blackmailed. Despite the risks to himself (the film was made at a time when to be homosexual was a criminal offense in the UK), he tracks the blackmailers down and brings them to justice.
Victim was a highly significant film in social terms, for it is widely held to have been influential in liberalising cultural attitudes, as well as the British law, regarding homosexuality. It was also the first film to use the word "homosexual."
Victim blaming is holding the victims of a crime to be in whole or in part responsible for what has happened to them.
On this basis, the question is not whether the victim "deserved" to be raped, because nobody "deserves" to be the victim of crime, but rather whether the individual did choose to prevent or minimize the risk of being in a dangerous situation and/or the risk of harm in a dangerous situation.
Typical rape shield laws prohibit cross-examination of the victim with respect to issues, such as his or her prior sexual history, or the manner in which he or she was dressed at the time of the rape.
Prior to release of an inmate, the victim is notified in writing by the institution staff as to the community where the offender is expected to reside.
A victim service provider trained in sexual assault counseling is then contacted to inform the victim or victim's parent/guardian in the case of a minor.
If the victim is unable to make an oral or written statement because of the victims age, or mental, emotional, or physical incapacity, the victims attorney or a designated representative shall have the opportunity to make a statement on behalf of the victim.
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