Okay, I shouldn’t have done it, but I did. I read the comments on the Ad campaign: She didn’t ask for it And, well, here’s what I came up with from compiling the comments –
The DIY Guide to Preventing Rape
Okay, ladies, before you begin getting all emotional and shrill, rest assured rape is not that common. In fact, it’s a rare phenomena. Most rape charges are false allegations, anyway. (Note: men frame men, which requires skill; women falsely accuse men, which only requires vengeance and lying) Why, just an allegation is enough for any man to lose his job, his home, his friends, and his savings. So, most of you are just ruining men’s lives by these trumped-up charges. And, for the small minority of women that are truly raped, we have these guidelines for you to follow so you can prevent yourself from getting raped:
- If you watch your alcohol intake, we men can go ahead and drink and not cause you any trouble. That’s because a sober woman can handle a drunk man. Even if we’re drunk, hell, we still understand consent, so don’t you worry your little heads about our drinking. But you – keep it to a minimum. We’re not trying to be like the Middle East and prevent you from drinking – we’re not like that – we just want you to be respectable and keep your drinking to just a few rounds.
- We know you buy clothes to impress men, so why don’t you just cut that out? Buy practical garb – again, this aint’ the Middle East – we ain’t saying you gotta wear a burqa or anything like that – but, you know, keep it on the modest side. The sight of your body – well, no one can be responsible for their actions if they see parts of you exposed.
- And, flirting, we all know that that’s just asking for trouble. What would you expect?
If you follow these 3 simple guidelines, created by us for your benefit, it will prevent a rape, which, afterall, is not that common, especially when you couple these rules with some good old common sense. Why, you too can prevent your own rape!
Now, let’s see how these rules – compiled from comments on the article – compare with some risk-reduction (not prevention – that would focus on rapists behavior) suggestions.
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And, RAINN states 1/6 women and 1/33 men will be sexually assaulted. 60% of rapes will go unreported. And, only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.
So guys (and ladies), victims cannot prevent their own rapes. They can reduce their risks, but like humans we sometimes let down our guards, we sometimes drink too much, and yes, sometimes we reveal too much flesh – none of these are reasons for a sexual assault. We need to start talking about prevention and all that that entails – promoting healthy relationships, developing coping skills, respecting human rights, etc.