In the most recent (Apr 15, 2017) episode's segment "Name That Logical Fallacy," Kara tried several times to state that when someone is "blaming the victim," they make a logical fallacy. This was in regards to a rant about cancer patients and alterna-medicine. While the alterna-med ranter was clearly wrong and the panel pointed out a dozen other reasons, it's not because they "blamed the victim."
"Blaming the victim" is not a logical fallacy and in my opinion, the accusation of BTV is a fallacy itself. This is because the accusation of victim blaming contains 1) a false assumption that victims must be innocent and 2) an ad hominem that the blamer must be malicious, misguided, bigoted, or otherwise horrible.
In fact, when bad things happen to people, they may be partly or completely at fault. This is true even of some cancer patients; the fraction who willfully engaged in behaviors or lifestyles with high risks of cancer (e.g. smoking, poor diet, etc). This is not always the case, but more often than the faultless victim assumption allows.
To the second point, "victim blaming" carries a connotation linked to malevolent or misguided intent which cannot be logically true if many (or any) victims share some culpability for their fate. Someone who "blames the victim" may be pointing towards the truth, however ugly it may be.
I would love to hear the panel's or forum's ideas on this.
The victim blaming assumptions and in particular the second point may be used to silence anyone who points out mistakes made by a person or group who suffered in some way, when in fact there may be valid points worth consideration. Smart people learn from other people's mistakes, they don't silence the brave hands who point uncomfortable flaws at the lessons learned session.