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Opinion

Dante Ramos

Date rape ad: A crude but useful warning

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board went to an extreme with an ad meant to discourage binge drinking — the dirty bathroom floor, the panties around the ankles, the declaration that “SHE WANTED TO SAY NO, BUT SHE COULDN’T.” And yet the notion that this campaign, which has now been pulled, somehow blamed rape victims is deeply wrong-headed.

Let’s stipulate a few things up front: That the Pennsylvania ad was a crude scare tactic. That when a woman is raped (or a man, for that matter), only the rapist is at fault. That women (or men) should be able to drink socially, even to excess, even at frat parties, without being subjected to sexual assault.

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