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Dangerous campaign

Under no circumstances is a woman to blame for her own rape. But if a woman dresses provocatively, the chances of this happening are likely to increase. This advert is likely to give some women the impression that they can do as they please (e.g. wear short skirts and generally not look after themselves) and that they will come to no harm because they're innocent. They ARE innocent, but that has no effect on whether or not they will be raped! Like it or not, there are dangerous men out there - I suggest that more effort be taken to: help women protect themselves from them; and to improve the conviction rate of this awful crime,

Author: Kenneth, Male, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: 10/07/2010

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I trust that your intentions are good, but do some basic reading before posting here. In the first place, there's no proven link between dress style and rape occurrence. Even if there were such a link, you know what would also reduce the occurrence of rape? Women staying at home and never going out. Would you suggest that measure?

Bottom line: if your suggestion for fighting rape amounts to "make women restrict their own freedoms even further", you need to go back to the drawing board. Better yet, if you're serious (and again, I trust you do mean it when you say you want to fight rape, and that you aren't blaming women), read what others have written on it. Believe it or not, lots of brilliant people not gifted with Awesome Man Brains have given this topic, uh, quite a lot of thought.

Author: Nick, Male, Singapore
Date: 11/07/2010

Are we living in Victorian times?! Should women dress in clothes buttoned up to the neck so as not to "provoke" an attack? Absolute nonsense! If someone rapes a person it had nothing to do with how they dress!! No one has the right to assume nor do they have the right to do what they want to another persons body!

Author: Angeline, Female, Glasgow
Date: 11/07/2010

women get taxis home to be safe but still get raped by rapist driver, women in their own homes get raped regardless of age, colour, religion, dress; women get raped because men RAPE. power and control are central issues not what women wear, this is just an excuse some rapists use. let's not start the debate on rape on clothing - what is right, wrong to wear; when; by whom........... from veils to thongs women get judged and condemned. let's put focus back on why men rape and not the women. please.

Author: kathy, Female, bristol
Date: 11/07/2010

While what you're saying is true, it still isn't right. Why must all the responsibilty be placed on the women. She not only has to take the blame for "putting herself in this situation" but now also has to accept that she caused a man to rape her.
There should be more done to punish the men that commit this crime. At present, rape isn't a punishable crime; women are afraid to report it, most likely due to attitudes that suggest that it is somehow their fault.

Author: Naomi, Female, Sheffield
Date: 11/07/2010

This advert is likely to give some women the impression that they can do as they please. Crazy women. Thinking they can do as they please...

Come on!

Author: Finn, Female, London
Date: 11/07/2010

'But if a woman dresses provocatively, the chances of this happening are likely to increase. '

Bullcrap. The only way the chances of it happening increase is if there is a rapist present. If there is a rapist present, it hardly matters what she's wearing, she's in danger from a violent criminal. And if there is no rapist present, it also doesn't matter what she wears.

The onus is not on her to stop rapes from happening. To stop rape you need to go to the source and deal with the rapists...not push the responsibility onto the victims.

Author: Yaz, Female, Canada
Date: 11/07/2010

A woman wearing a short skirt increases the likelihood of being raped. Hmm. So what about the men who walk around with their shirts off in the good weather? Why don't we see that expanse of chest as an invitation to rape?

Sorry, your logic is faulty on a basic level. What women wear has naff all to do with it - a man with a twist in his psyche who wishes to exert power and control over a woman has everything to do with it. On a fundamental level, men who rape are, to borrow a phrase of my Mums, 'wired up wrong in their heads'.

Author: Sue, Female, Scotland
Date: 11/07/2010

Considering rape and abuse of women is just as pravalent if not more prevalent in countries like Saudi where all women are required by law to cover every inch of skin including their faces, where are you drawing this 'fact' from?

The truth is, women will be raped no matter what they wear and they're most likely to be raped by someone they know in their own homes. Can women not 'do as they please' even in their own homes.

This ad campaign is for people like you Kenneth. Women aren't seeking to be raped if they're wearing what someone else considers to be risque. This is such a fundmental truth that should be understood by everyone, and yet you still come here to say this is a dangerous campaign. You desperately need to see that clothes have nothing to do with rape, and attitudes placing blame on women for what they wear is not just handing powerful excuses to rapists, it's an attack on women's independence, especially when you use language condemning women for 'doing as they please'.

I mean, really? Women are being raped and rapists are getting away with it at an alarming rape, and all we can do is tell women to stop 'doing as they please'?

Author: Rose, Female, England
Date: 17/07/2010

Hi am a rape victim I was attack in a taxi less than three years ago this makes me so mad I was going home I was in private hire taxi a real one he had convictions legal Imgrant he tryed to murder me and brutally rape me I can assure u I know it had nothing to do wi what I was wearing he was evill Was out to seriesly hurt me so these people who are just summaising it's real it happens and I know as am trying to re build my life I had to give up my job etc so my views is stop assuming there posing as taxis it happens I. ReAl taxis I know .

Author: Kirsty, Female, Scotland
Date: 28/07/2011

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