This is, no kidding, one of the things that is official advice to women who are being sexually assaulted, given by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs:
If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.Which calls to mind the English saying, often but unreliably credited to Queen Victoria, that the way for a woman to deal with her husband's amorous attentions and intimate intentions was to, "Lie back and think of England." Maybe UCCS would rather rape victims think of Colorado, I dunno.
The entire "top 10" list of "What To Do If You Are Attacked" is:
- Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
- Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
- Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
- Don't take time to look back; just get away.
- If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
- Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
- Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
- Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
- Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
- Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
Because if Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar gets his way, thumb nails will be the best thing that Colorado college women will have to defend themselves:
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”So there you have it, straight from a man's mouth, ladies: Just because a man is clawing your clothes off while he forcing you to the ground, muffling your mouth with his hand, beating you about the head, pushing your legs apart - just because you feel you're gonna be raped, "you may actually not be." Because after all, ladies, who would know better what imminent rape feels like than a male state legislator?
I have a better idea: Just declare the college campuses "Rape Free Zones." Everyone knows that a rapist will no more enter a Rape Free Zone than a mass murderer would enter a Gun Free Zone. Right? Problem solved!
Rob Allen makes this point: