Quick Hit: Rape…Prevention or Reinforcement?

Last night I saw that my friend had shared a photo that caught my eye and it turned out to be an informational on rape prevention.  Here is the link that hopefully you are able to open:

http://on.fb.me/XylXFU

If it doesn’t work it is basically a post offering advice on how to avoid sexual assault or rape by informing you through the “eyes of a rapist.”  The entire post is operating under the impression that most rapes occur by strangers in dark alley ways and parking garages.  We know for a fact that this is a myth because approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim, 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger, 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance, 28% are an intimate partner, and 7% are a relative (RAINN).

So I guess my real question is whether or not this kind of post, that’s sweeping the internet, is really helping to prevent a form of  rape or perpetuating rape myths and contributing in victim blaming?  Let me know what you think!

2 thoughts on “Quick Hit: Rape…Prevention or Reinforcement?

  1. This is just victim blaming in potentia – it gives a quantifiable list of things that are supposed to “stop you from getting raped”, rather than targeting the fact that the rape is perpetrated by someone. It ignores the rapist’s act, it hurts men as well by setting them all up as potential rapists and it’s just another way to control women’s behaviour. Seriously telling women that having long hair makes you more of a target?

    Summing up: it’s a bad piece of advice, and it makes me angry because it gives the wrong information to the wrong people. Argh!

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    1. My thoughts exactly! It’s nice to know I wasn’t overreacting because all i could think about is how it’s saying what we do wrong that makes us easy targets. They need to teach men how to not rape rather than teach women how to avoid being raped, it’s never a woman’s fault which this Facebook post is obviously not portraying. Thanks for commenting! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that thinks things like are immensely frustrating!

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