Similar to the phrase, “The child teased the dog,” is the taunting claim voiced by pit bull advocates following a serious pit bull mauling. This “blame the victim” technique minimizes the seriousness of the victim’s injuries and literally declares: “What did you expect?” In the incident involving Vincent Marchese, commenter “Fail” even states, “MAYBE he got what was coming to him.”

Their point was that he had been to that fence before. The neighbors had stated that kids had taunted that dog previously. Read the article before making stupid comments. MAYBE the kid isn’t compeltely innocent. MAYBE he taunted the pitbull. MAYBE he got what was coming to him. If I taunt a dog, or for that matter a person, I would be aware there are consequences. – Fail

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