New UK Rape Prevention Campaign Blames Women For Rape

It seems like the idea of a rape prevention campaign that actually targets perpetrators rather than the victims still seems inconceivable for police in the UK

This is Sussex Police’s new sexual violence prevention poster campaign:

uk police blame women for rape

Many people quickly started to point out that it blamed women

Sarah Green from the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “We need to get beyond police campaigns giving instructions to women on how to behave to be safe. We need to talk to those who may perpetrate rape and deter them.”

Despite the backlash, Sussex Police told it had no plans to rethink the campaign.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said:

Rape is never a victim’s fault, but as with all crimes we can reduce the number of victims in several ways.

We would be failing in our response if, as with any other crime, we did not recognise that there are victims and urge them to take steps to minimise risks and help safeguard others from becoming victims.

It is vital to be aware of vulnerability so that steps can be taken to guard against it.

Friends and bystanders can play a key role in this, learning to recognise where their intervention may prevent a crime taking place.