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This is not an invitation to rape me

This is not an invitation to rape me

Today Slutwalk Toronto shared a link to Rape Crisis Scotland on their Facebook Page. Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) is the national office for the rape crisis movement in Scotland. They provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence.

Part of their work also is raising awareness through campaigns, briefings and publications.
And there I found these two campaigns: Not Ever and This is not an invitation to rape me.

The video above and the poster below is from Not Ever. The campaign gives information how women are being judged. The keywords are: Dress, Drinking and Intimacy.

A survey of 1,040 Scots carried out by Cello MRUK in February 2010 for the Scottish Government found that:

  • 23% think a woman can be at least partly responsible if she is drunk at the time of the attack
  • 17% thought that a woman bore some responsibility if she wore revealing clothing
  • 15% say there should be some burden of responsibility for rape if the women is flirting
  • 8% think rape can be the woman’s fault if she is known to have had many sexual partners

From the Not Ever website
Question: When is a skirt more than a skirt?
Answer: If it’s short enough – or sheer enough – or shiny enough – a skirt can also be a signal and incitement to rape, according to a significant minority of people in this country. In the context of sexual violence, aspects of women’s appearance are frequently cited as indications that they were “asking for it”. This sounds ridiculous – because it is.


Below the campaign from 2008 “This is not an invitation to rape me”.

It built on a successful American campaign which RCS adapted after comprehensive testing through focus groups and an online survey.
They launched the campaign with outdoor advertising on billboards and bus shelters together with a campaign pack; press and cinema and washroom advertising; displays in hospitals and images on the back of bus tickets.





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