Just don’t Rape
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on October 6, 2007
I found this – it was originally written about women, but it should really be written about PEOPLE – regardless of gender or gender identity – which the original writer acknowledges in the last paragraph. I respect and salute that. Here’s a re-written version.
A lot has been said about how to prevent rape. People should learn self-defense. People should lock themselves in their houses after dark. People shouldn’t have long hair, or short hair, and people shouldn’t wear revealing clothes. People shouldn’t leave drinks unattended. After all, they shouldn’t dare to get drunk at all.
Instead of that bull, how about:
If a person is drunk, don’t rape them.
If a person is walking alone at night, don’t rape them.
If a person is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape them.
If a person is wearing revealing clothes, don’t rape them.
If a person is jogging in a park at 5 am, don’t rape them.
If a person looks like your ex-partner you’re still hung up on, don’t rape them.
If a person is asleep in their bed, don’t rape them.
If a person is asleep in your bed, don’t rape them.
If a person is doing their laundry, don’t rape them.
If a person is in a coma, don’t rape them.
If a person changes them mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don’t rape them.
If a person has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don’t rape them.
If a person is not yet an adult, but a child, don’t rape them.
If your significant other is not in the mood, don’t rape them.
If your step-children is watching TV, don’t rape them.
If you break into a house and find a person there, don’t rape them.
If your friend thinks it’s okay to rape someone, tell him it’s not, and that he’s not your friend. If your “friend” tells you they raped someone, report them to the police. If your frat-brother or sorority-sister or another guy/gal at the party tells you there’s an unconscious person upstairs and it’s your turn, don’t rape them, call the police and tell the guy he’s a rapist.
Tell your children, god-children, nephews/nieces, grandchildren, children of friends it’s not okay to rape someone.
Don’t tell your friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
Don’t imply that they could have avoided it if they’d only done/not done x.
Don’t imply that it’s in any way their fault.
Don’t let silence imply agreement when someone tells you they “got some” with the drunk person.
Don’t perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.
If you agree, re-post it. Copy this and paste. It’s that important!
Note: This goes for any gendered rape, male on female or female on male or female on female or FTM on MTF or non gendered to dual gendered and so on and so forth…