Shelby Smyth

Stories from Shelby Smyth

“Audrie and Daisy” is a documentary that tackles the issue of stigma and victim-blaming in sexual assault victims through the example of two young women who were raped by men who were ’friends’ of theirs. This is an disheartening documentary that shows the quickness of the community to discount the victim’s story and to automatically believe the perpetrator, while providing excuses that blame the victim’s actions and appearance. It is important that we find the basis of this thought process and propose a new model of thinking to help ease the pain that sexual assault victims endure following the reporting (or the decision to not report) of a violent act against them.