West Mercia police has apologised for a poster campaign which an anti-rape charity called “inappropriate.”
Good lord! What did it say?
Oh. Well, who could object to that?
Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre claimed the Safe Night Out campaign blamed victims who had been drinking for sexual assault.
Ah. I see.
Anyone not blinded by their single-minded desire to blame only men would welcome safety advice, but not these women:
Det Supt Ivan Powell said: “If the campaign has caused distress, that was not our aim and I will apologise for that.
“This was not about blaming victims but putting information out to help.
“I understand there have been some concerns about the nature of the poster but I would stress what we are trying to do here is putting information out showing potential victims how to avoid becoming vulnerable.”
Jocelyn Anderson, from the centre, said: “It’s not alcohol that causes rape, although it’s a vulnerability factor, it’s rapists that cause rape.”
It’s not open windows that cause burglary, but telling people not to leave them open is sensible and no-one questions that, do they?
But once again, we have this bizarre dichotomy. It’s perfectly OK for the police to pump out message after message warning citizens to keep their doors and windows locked, not to display any nice things they might own, and even to break in to people’s property to do so!
But let them dare to try the same tactic (‘Don’t make yourselves vulnerable!’) with this one emotive topic, and we’re off to the races!