Viewing problems as diseases and avoidance of "blaming the victim" may discourage the idea that what is needed is strength of will and encourage rejection of responsibility.
- But he also had grit. He refuses the easy consolation of excuses. Addiction may function as a disease, but believing that it is one makes it that much easier to take the next drink or pop the next pill; the user can cede responsibility for his own actions.
- - Promises, promises, Economist, Aug. 13, 2016
Not responsible? Or irresponsible?:
- Twelve more potential victims came forward this week after a couple in Southern California were charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women they met on social outings, the authorities said. ...
- Investigators believe that Mr. Robicheaux, an orthopedic surgeon, and Ms. Riley, a teacher, targeted women while at bars, parties and festivals, including Dirtybird Campout in Silverado, Calif., and Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Some of the women said they had met the couple on dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. ...
- While the authorities often caution people, particularly women, to be aware of their surroundings while they drink, the district attorney said the victims were not responsible.
- “We know some victims might blame themselves,” Mr. Rackauckas said. “They might feel there’s no crime to report because they knowingly drank or consumed illegal substances with the defendants. Your conscious decision to party with these defendants or with anyone using alcohol or any intoxicating substances does not give them a pass to rape or assault or have sex with you once you’re past the point of consent.”
- - Sandra E. Garcia, 12 Women Come Forward in Drugging and Sexual Assault Case Against California Couple, NYT, Sept. 22, 2018