Discussions of whether and how college-age women should take precautions to prevent sexual assault have provoked an impassioned response.
Cathy Young’s piece on teaching women self-defense is one side of the debate. We rounded up some other views and aggregated them here.
“I don’t think that we should be telling women anything. I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.” — rape survivor Zerlina Maxwell on Fox News
“The truth is that focusing on ways women can prevent rape will always backfire. Not only because it’s ineffective — what a woman wears or what she drinks has nothing to do with whether or not she’ll be attacked — but because it creates a culture in which women are responsible for men’s actions. Because when you say there are things women can do to prevent someone from raping them — owning a gun, not walking in a certain neighborhood — you are ensuring that rape victims who don’t take these steps will be blamed.” — Jessica Valenti, in The Nation
“Why do we continue to address rape victims but not rapists? Rape and sexual assault are the only violent crimes in which we immediately propose what the victim could have done to prevent them, despite the overwhelming statistics that show there is truly little control over when and where and how a woman gets raped.” — Charles Clymer, on Huffington Post
sorry miss Nevada. we do not need to teach women how to better defend ourselves. We need to teach men not to feel entitled to rape #missusa— Haylee (@hayleethikeo) June 9, 2014
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