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Rape

Many different approaches have been tried to deal with this problem. In general, they have had limited value.

 

  • Rape education to encourage young women to be prudent in their travels has had more of an effect of causing paranoia in many rather than the desired effect of cautious alertness.
  • Self-defense classes give some a feeling of safety, but I wonder how effective they would be while terrified against an attacker of twice their body weight. In some cases, it gives young women an unwarranted attitude of confidence and they then pay less attention to the environment they are in.
  • Police and school escort services do work but they are impractical when one considers the many thousands of co-eds now on most college campuses. They can certainly escort a very small percentage of the most fearful young women, but there are just not enough police to escort everyone.
  • A variety of other safety methods have been tried here and there, but for various reasons, they aren’t very effective. Some are too expensive for the individuals or the schools to pay for. Some are cumbersome either in physical equipment or logistical support systems.

Prevention:

  • to dress differently;
  • to drink less;
  • accept the protection that a male relative or partner offers (no matter that statistically he is most likely to assault them);
  • blame the victim and otherwise distance themselves from other survivors who they believe to be weak;
  • continue to believe that it is hopeless that there is nothing that a “mere” girl or woman can do to avoid sexual assault.
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