Friday, January 22, 2010

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

If you're a woman, then you've likely gotten one or more of those lovely email forwards with "sexual assault prevention tips" that pretend to be helpful, but really further the victim-blaming mentality by making it seem like women aren't doing enough to keep from being assaulted if they dare to venture outside of their homes along, drink or spend time in "bad neighborhoods", or cannot overpower or outwit an attacker.

Here's a great piece to forward back to them in response, because it actually places the blame and responsibility where it belongs - on the rapist, not the one in danger of being raped.

(Written by Colleen Jameson and originally published at No, Not You.)

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are commiting a crime- no matter how “into it” others appear to be.

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