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Fault versus precautions

“Those who rape does not care about this campaign. It's like telling people not to steal or kill. You can ignore the fact that some people do not respect you OR you could be responsible and take precautions.

I can say: "It's the thieves fault I was robbed!". "Don't tell people to lock the door, tell people not to steal". We have tried that for 100 000 years or so and I am not convinced that telling people not to do something is better than taking precautions.”

Author: Espen, Male Oslo
Date: 10/09/12

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“I guess it depends on the nature of the precaution. Suggesting people lock their doors is reasonable - and usually not large inconvenience. However, suggesting that women should not walk home alone at night is unreasonable, as that prevents many women from socialising with friends.”

Author: Jill, Female New Zealand
Date: 22/02/13

“It sounds like you're missing the point of this campaign. It's meant to challenge victim-blaming attitudes.
When someone steals something from a person who forgot to lock their door at night, the law doesn't see that as an excuse as to what they did. They get punished for it and are looked down upon by other members of society.
When someone murders another person, unless it's in self-defense, they can't just claim "They were totally asking for it!" Even if the murder victim did something truly awful and that lead to their murder, the murderer still gets punished and is seen by society in a negative light.
But when it comes to rape, perpetrators hardly ever get punished, and a lot of the times society stands by them through every thing. Instead, they turn on the victim. And it's not okay.
So that's what this campaign is all about. It's way beyond "Don't rape!"”

Author: Pamela, Female United States
Date: 22/02/13

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