With many U.S. colleges under scrutiny for mishandling sexual assault allegations, the University of Colorado Boulder has distributed fliers intended to help combat sexual violence on campus — by telling rapists to blow a whistle before they attack.
“The only use for a rape whistle is: If you are about to rape someone, warn them. Blow the whistle,” the flier handed out by the Wardenburg Health Center said, according to Campus Reform.
The ingenious solution comes after Colorado lawmakers buckled down on gun control measures, prohibiting students from carrying concealed weapons on campus.
“That’s why we have call boxes, that’s why we have safe zones, that’s why we have whistles, because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at,” Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar said last year.
Lawmakers have also encouraged victims to tell their perpetrators that they have a “disease or are menstruating,” according to Campus Reform.
The University of Colorado appears to have responded by turning the tables, telling rapists to act responsibly – not by avoiding violence, but by signaling their attack beforehand. The bizarre advertisement included a photo of a rape whistle and ridiculed its use, suggesting the whistles contribute to a “rape culture.”
When a Facebook user asked Wardenburg Health Center to explain the campaign posted to its page, the center responded by writing, “This campaign is about not putting all of the onus on potential victims for their safety, but clearly telling potential perpetrators that they need to think about their actions beforehand!”
Twitter users weren’t impressed. Some wrote:
— Joe Messina (@joemessina) September 22, 2014
University ad tells students to blow warning whistle before committing rape http://t.co/vBKYreRPYc Hope your kids don’t go to this school
— TheHappyWarrior (@_HappyWarrior_) September 24, 2014
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) September 23, 2014
— Janis S. (@SoyerJanis) September 22, 2014
— Robert Wade (@RobertCFP) September 22, 2014
@MaggieLitCRO @ShareThis Just freaking insane. How about arresting the rapist and hanging him.Once he is dead, blow the whistle to celebrate
— Georgeispissed (@PresBeforGWashi) September 22, 2014
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