Rape Crisis have launched a poster campaign making it clear exactly where the responsibility for rape lies.
Many rape prevention campaigns fall into the sexist and dangerous trap of blaming victims for their rape – for example this ‘Gauge your behaviour’ poster from Derbyshire or the controversial Cabwise posters in London.
Unlike these campaigns, which suggest that the behaviour of the victim leads to a crime being committed, the Rape Crisis posters read: ‘Drinking is not a crime. Rape is’ and warn ‘Responsibility for rape will always lie with the rapist.’
The NUS Women’s Campaign is pleased to support such an important campaign, especially when misconceptions about rape continue to contribute to the shockingly low rape-conviction rate and public attitudes to what rape is.
You can download the poster to use here.
If you need help or support as the victim of sexual assault or rape, you can find information and resources through Hidden Marks.