Friday, February 5, 2010

Valdosta university pulls terrible sexual assault prevention tips

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:20 PM

A damn good find by Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper, CL's sister publication.

Yesterday, Hess pointed readers of The Sexist blog to the Valdosta State University police department's tips for female students avoid being sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, the advice was atrocious.

Among the pearls of wisdom (and we're only paraphrasing a few of these): Women, stop being so damn sympathetic — y'all "always are." If you're confronted by a gun-wielding attacker, run your ass off. (Statistics say the shots will probably miss a vital organ.) If you don't have a cell phone, well, then "shame on you." The most confusing: "'Never let yourself or anyone that you know be in any type of business (bar, store, restaurant, gas station)."

The list was poorly planned and executed, to say the least.

Sexual assault policy group SAFER Campus called the list of tips "deeply offensive" and said it did nothing to address rape culture, date rape or acquaintance rape — which Hess says is the most common form of sexual assault on college campuses. Add to the fact that the advice essentially blamed the victim and were only geared toward women, and you can see why VSU apparently pulled it from its Web site sometime between yesterday afternoon and this morning. Hess commends them for no longer endorsing the tips, and we do too. But we've gotta say... Valdosta... c'mon, y'all.

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