In Yale Rape Case, Jurors Bought Stale Victim Stereotypes — Just Like The Defense Hoped

So to see Pattis “steering into these stereotypes” about victims and abuse, as National Women’s Law Center President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves put it, is all the more jarring because it worked. “Culturally, we’re in a time where people have been given the really rich space to do that, where they’ve been able to tell their stories without the typical shaming and blaming and silencing,” Goss Graves said. “In this moment when we’re having some really important … conversations about sexual violence, it feels really shocking to see them so flagrantly revived.” Shocking, and yet familiar all the same.