People want to feel safe. If they can blame the victim, they can convince themselves that they would never be a victim because they would follow the rules.
People want to feel like the world is just. They don't want to think of the world as being random. They want a cause and effect. Raping innocents turns all that on its head. So they pretend there was a good reason, so that they feel like the universe is all in order.
Edited by Jacob S (03/26/13 10:45 AM)
"As long as the child within is not allowed to become aware of what happened to him or her, a part of his or her emotional life will remain frozen . . . all appeals to love, solidarity, and compassion will be useless."
-- Alice Miller