I have had it with all the whining, complaining, name calling and racial riot inciting that’s been going on FB over the knock-out game and thugs claiming they were the victim after all — Here’s my rant for the day — 223 more words
This is a great article. I agree that making information about how rapists work is powerful and the best way to combat rape. Telling women, "Rapists use these tactics" rather than telling women, "Don't get drunk" is helpful and not merely a matter of semantics. Whether she realizes it or not Yoffe's advice telling women not to drink shows that society will tolerate violence against women who drink and that we don't really consider rape with alcohol, "rape rape" because those women should not have been drinking anyway. On the other hand saying, "Rapists use these tactics" lets people know that we consider rape with alcohol "rape rape" and that we are calling it out and refusing to tolerate it.
Rapists use alcohol not because alcohol is intrinsically tied to rape but because that is where North American society draws the line at what they will prosecute as rape. Rapists will use whatever tactics they know they can get away with. As someone pointed out in another alcohol, rape happens in places where there is no alcohol around so women not drinking is not the solution to rape. Furthermore rapists in other parts of the world will go beyond alcohol and use physical violence as well or they will rape women who walk alone, they will go exactly as far as that society tolerates. If society has sympathy for women who were raped with violence but not for women who are raped with alcohol, rapists will rape with alcohol but not with violence. If society has sympathy for women who are gang raped with violence but not for women who are raped with violence then rapists will make sure to not gang rape because society has sympathy for those victims and no tolerance for violent gang rapists. /n
In India last year it went as far as a woman (who was "not even out alone" but had a male friend with her) being gang raped, tortured and killed because society could not even draw the line at violence or gang rape. It's all dependent on which victims society decides to have sympathy for and what forms of rape society will tolerate.
It's obvious that Yoffe's advice to "not drink" would not work in India and many other places in the world and do little lower women's chances of being raped. No one has any illusion that that advice is universally useful to women. The only reason that women not drinking even lessens their chances of being raped in North America is because North America has chosen to prosecute those who rape with violence and rapists have learned that violent rape will not be tolerated. The only reason ANY rape prevention tips have a snowball's chance in hell of working is because we have some police and legal system in society that does not tolerate crime. What prevents rape is society's intolerance of crime, conscience and demand for justice, the actions of police and the legal system. Rape prevention tips do nothing to stop rape, they simply let the victims and rapists know what kind of rape society will tolerate. Society's intolerance of rape is the only and best rape prevention tool. Rape stops anywhere we draw the line and refuse to tolerate it and rape begins anywhere we decide to tolerate it and allow rapists to terrorize women into limiting