FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2019
Statement Regarding Victim Blaming
Salt Lake City, Utah – The recent disappearance of Mackenzie Lueck has resulted in many people speculating on what may have happened to her and why—with much of the speculation being a blatant form of victim blaming.
While we do not know the details of Mackenzie’s disappearance, we do know that victim blaming and shaming is inappropriate and unacceptable. In addition to perpetuating myths about abuse, assault, and violence, victim blaming wrongly excuses the perpetrator’s behaviors.
Our focus should solely be on the safety and wellbeing of Mackenzie Lueck.
In times like this it is critical for all members of the public to know that free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic or intimate partner violence is available, statewide, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week:
Utah Statistics: http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/domestic-violence/
Free, Confidential 24-Hour LINKLine: 1-800-897-LINK (5465)
Our Mission: Creating a state where domestic and sexual violence are intolerable.