University of Colorado offers questionable defense tips for women
On Monday night, the Department of Public Safety at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs posted a list of 10 tips to help female students defend themselves against rapists. These âtipsâ have created a large debate as it includes controversial advice to female students such as informing their attacker âthat you have a disease or are menstruating,â and, âVomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.â
Other tips include, âpassive resistance may be your best defense,â and, âunderstand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.â
First, telling a girl that her actions may lead her to more harm insinuates that she is somehow at fault for being a victim of rape. It is never the victimâs fault. Second, âpassive resistance?â So, if a woman is about to be raped, she should subtly decline? âExcuse me, sir, I donât have time for this.â Â Thatâll get things done.
These tips immediately victimize females before they actually become victims. At the point in time where a girl would have to employ these tactics, is the cause not already lost? The goal should be to prevent rape altogether, not stop an attack once itâs started. These suggestions assumes a woman is already in a situation of danger, and while itâs perfectly valid for women to have some self-defense tactics under the wing, “passive resistance” achieves the opposite effect.
A âtop 10 tips on how to stay safe and aware of your surroundingsâ or âtop 10 reasons to not rape (for men)â would do a lot more justice and help make progress toward keeping females out of danger and subsequent emotional trauma.
Katie Chen is a freshman studying Business Administration.