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    Anti-Rape/Sexual Assault Campaigns

    Hi,
    I'm not sure if this is the appropriate section to post this, but I am targeting this to anyone - both women and men - with this question:

    What Anti-rape/Sexual assault campaigns have you seen? Which ones do you find most effective?

    I am a former rape victim and had 2 additional encounters with sexual assault. For one of my class projects, I want to do it on anti-rape/sexual assault campaigns and the topic of this since it's something I feel strongly about, especially with the personal experience, and would like the opinions of others as well.

    I apologize if this brings up any trauma or if it seems insensitive of me, but it's just that I wouldn't go asking around my friends if they've ever been in my shoes and asking them this question...

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    At the university of british columbia they have a campaign that sells underwear that says "Got Consent?" on it. I kind of like that.
    Also several times of the year, they do the t-shirt thing where survivors paint a tshirt to display their feelings and they are all put up on display. I feel that is effective as well. Makes it more real, I guess. These are real people and you see the large number of t shirts representing real people.
    I also am a survivor (NOT victim!) so maybe I pay more attention to this stuff.

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    I haven't seen any real advertising, other than stuff about men using their natural greater strength to help protect women and not abuse them.


    I'm so sorry to hear that life, I can't even imagine something like that. I hate rapists with a passion. If I ever met someone who did that to a person I love... Oh man, shouldn't say it, but you probably have an idea.

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    Hmmm... Off hand, the only anti-rape campaign that I remember is the "No Means No"... I remember one of the posters had a bunch of messages like "maybe means no", "&*^% off means no"...(It had a lot, I remember some of my male classmates found it offensive)..

    That's the only one I remember.

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    I remember seeing one first with a list of "tips for safety for women." Things like, "women - don't walk home late at night, don't accept drinks at bars," etc.....

    And then another list, kind of similar, for men like, "Men - if you see a woman walking home late at night by herself, don't sexually assault her." or "Don't put drugs in a woman's drink!"

    ie, shifting the responsibility from the woman to protect herself, to the men not to rape in the first place!!

    What is effective? I don't know - I'm sure that there is some good info out there on that - what are the most effective campaigns.

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    I sort of like the "SL*T Walk" events although I'm not sure how influential they are yet as it's relatively new. They came about in Toronto because of comments a police officer made in which he suggested that in order to be safe and prevent rape, women should "stop dressing like sl*ts."

    I think it's one of my favorites because it addresses the victim-blaming atmosphere that's out there at times. A woman is assaulted and some of the first questions people ask are "What was she wearing/drinking/was she flirting/etc" as if any of those things make her assault less traumatic, or somehow her fault. I think the topic of sexual assault makes people incredibly uncomfortable and it's human nature to try and find reason or justification for things, even such evil things - so maybe it makes it easier to explain away if the woman was dressed like a "s-word." But, that just vilifies the wrong person (and implies men cannot control their lust, which..I mean, come on!)

    It's a perspective on rape that's really always boiled my blood and I'm glad people are starting to stand up and say enough is enough - it's time to stop blaming these women (and men) for the crimes of other people.

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    ^^ yes, that is a good example!!! I haven't participated in one, but would like to someday.

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    Originally Posted by Samedy
    Hmmm... Off hand, the only anti-rape campaign that I remember is the "No Means No"... I remember one of the posters had a bunch of messages like "maybe means no", "&*^% off means no"...(It had a lot, I remember some of my male classmates found it offensive)..

    That's the only one I remember.
    I've seen those. I remember the picture of a woman's legs with her underwear down as one of their posters.

    honestly? I don't see any anti-sexual assult/rape compaigns in person, I only see them on the news or in news articles. Not sure if it's the area i live or what. But as a sexual assualt survivor the ones that work best for me are the direct ones. The ones that some people think border on crude or way too 'sensational' - basically the ones that get the point accross that this does happen.

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    My mother actually believes this (that women who dress provacativly are asking for it). It disgusts me to say that but she does. We've actually almost come to verbal blows in the past over it.

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    I think a good campaign to run would be one encouraging women to carry a concealed firearm. Nothing better than to hear about a woman putting down a would-be rapist.

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