2014 Public Service Announcement Discusses The Absurdity of Victim Blaming.
This important Public Service Announcement was inspired by advice found in Cosmopolitan and campus safety brochures that tell women how to avoid being raped. “It speaks to the absurdity of placing responsibility and blame on the victim.”
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, “There is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.” That means that an American is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.
As reported by Jezebel, “about once every five seconds, some braying idiot who has no idea what they’re talking about issues another unnecessary edict on how women should modify their behavior to make themselves less rapeable.”
In response, YouTube user Cat Del Buono created this video. As Jezebel explains:
Filmmaker Cat Del Buono changed all that, creating How Not To Get Raped, a video that presents actual tips found in Cosmo, Wikihow, the University of Colorado, and other campus safety brochures. It presents the cacophony of conflicting information women get on a near-constant basis in a handy, easy-to-follow format that’s sure to confuse and delight.
You can watch the PSA, below.
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