Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Sussex Police Consultation on Victim Blaming Posters

Unfortunately, the formal submission date for the consultation on these posters has passed. They will, however, be consulting with their 'partners' before restarting their safety campaigns. We aren't an official partner (by any stretch of the imagination) but we will be sending a full brief of our concerns about their 'safety' campaigns. sussex

These are certainly an improvement on the last 'safety' campaign Sussex Police created - one that was withdrawn after a huge social media campaign and petition.

These are our first response thoughts to the posters:

The first poster reiterates the "friends should watch out for friends". This advice is always aimed at women and never at men to stop their friends from committing rape. It does nothing to challenge male sexual entitlement to women's bodies.

The second poster was fine right up until "If someone is too drunk to consent, assume they haven't." You don't need to 'assume' someone who is too drunk to consent hasn't consented. That's kinda the point.

None of the 3 posters reflect the ethnic diversity of the UK or the fact that majority of rape is perpetrated by someone known to the victim. Stranger rape is very rare. In a club situation, the man most likely to rape a woman will be there with his friends. Other men need to step up and take responsibility for what they witness. They need to challenge their friends. Staff in bars and clubs need to take more responsibility for what happens in their premises.

Let us know your thoughts on these posters and we'll feedback the responses to Sussex Police.

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