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n. a social and psychological phenomenon wherein the fault in a crime (rape, robbery, assault) is attributed to the victim. The victim is regarded as partly or completely responsible (to blame) for the accident or trauma. These are but forms of rationalization and coping mechanisms in an attempt to distance one's self from the victim and the problem.

BLAMING THE VICTIM: "Needless to say, blaming the victim is the blamer's way of coping with a bad situation as a listener or rationalizing one's failure to intervene as a participant in the crime."

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