Given the events of the last few months, you'd think the police would try, at least a little bit, to avoid looking like they're blaming women who have been raped for their rape. You'd be wrong:
Police are warning young women against walking alone at night, after a Wanganui teenager was abducted and sexually violated on the weekend.I wanted to write less about rape, not because I don't care, but because I feel like I was writing paint by numbers posts, where I assembled basic feminist ideas one after another.
"It's a timely reminder to young girls that they shouldn't be walking on their own," Ms Mansell said.
"These types of attacks are rare but they do happen and girls who are walking the streets on their own at night-time are making themselves targets."
1. The people who are responsible for rape are the rapists.
2. Blaming women for being raped is not acceptable.
3. If you tell women to modify their behaviour to avoid rape then you are placing the responsibility for rape in the wrong place.
4. Avoiding being out alone out night is a serious restriction on a woman's freedom.
5. Anti-rape advice isn't just victim-blaming, it's also wildly inaccurate.
6. Most rapists know the women that they are rape.
7. Rape is most likely to happen in someone's home.
8. A woman who walks home with a man she knows is at more danger from rape than a woman who walks home by herself.
9. Clint Rickards is a rapist.*
I guess I'll keep writing it till there are no longer people who need to hear it.
*Not strictly speaking relevant for this particular paint by numbers post, but I wanted a number for it.