Fox’s Scott Blames ‘Overly-Vindictive Women’ for Arrest of Man Who Violated Restraining Order
Contrary to the nonchalant attitude of Scott and his male guests, violence against women is a serious issue. According to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of women in the United States — 35.6 percent — have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
Scott’s dismissal of women who file restraining orders as hyperbolic flies in the face of the reality that most women file for restraining orders only after experiencing severe violence at the hands of their partner. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that more than half of women who filed for restraining orders suffered severe physical abuse, with 45 percent reporting physical injuries and up to 48 percent reporting sexual violence. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, 11 percent of women killed by an intimate partner once had a restraining order against that partner.
Sadly, maligning female victims is nothing new for Fox, which has a sordid history of victim blaming in cases of sexual assault, harassment, and violence.