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SOC 201
Barry Mc Clinchey

Lecture 1 Monday, September 9, 2013 8:29 AM How do we think about victims?  We put some blame and responsibility on the victims  There are many ways that victims are considered in society o Victim's of disease: however some blame is still put on the victim (etc. Smoking)  'blame the victim': if you hadnt put yourself in that position o Victims of natural disaster (no blame) o Victims of negligence (Quebec train accident; someone else) o Victims of state persecution (Syria: government) Who is responsible?  It is complicated (question is often asked; important question in victimology)  'somebody has to pay': which is natural thinking o Victims of criminal behaviour (leaving something expensive unlocked) o Victims of resource exploitation (Alberta tarsands)  Bigger than the state of Florida; Aboriginals eat poisoned fish  Creates job and profit but there are victims o Victims of the justice system (David Gaard- falsely convicted of murder) o Victims of bullying (Amanda Todd) o Victims of Fraud (  Young well educated people are the most likely to fall for swindles overall but older people are more likely to report it  Facebook targets 30-40 year olds (most criminal website) Blaming the Victim  There is a tendency to assume some of the blame is on the victim  "Victim" o A victim of an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada  A person who is injured or killed by a drunk driver would be a victim  Definition is fairly limited that is used in sociology o In textbook:  'victim' refers to one who is killed, injured, or otherwise harmed by another  Victimology is a branch of criminology  'victimology' is the study of victims and the social context in which they exist  'criminology' is the study of crime is basically offender focused  Victimology is the study of the other side of the story, the study of victims  Focus on the victims perspective Victim Advocacy Group Victim services: help you with everyday things (grocery shopping; just to be there)   There is legislation being made in provinces (starting to emerge) King Henry II of England and Common Law  He was a radical thinker at that time  Concepts of victims and offenders o The historical relationship of victims and offenders set the responsibility for ret
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