This question has cropped up a few times, and again it came up for me as I was reading another post.
I've often wondered if the fact that our judicial system is based on the premise that one is innocent until proven guilty plays a significant role in why our society seems so quick to blame the victim.
Do you think our need to find reasonable doubt in these situations puts us into a state of mind to look for what the victim may have done or not done to contribute to the situation? Are we conditioned to disbelieve the accuser until they can prove their case?
edit: I'm removing the plane crash from the title because while it was what made me think of this question again this post is really not specific to it.