We Heart: Men Against Rape

Summertime is bikinis, beer, beach trips and late nights. Everyone is ready to relax, have fun and enjoy the heat.

Women staying out late in foreign places dressed in tight, skimpy clothes with some alcohol in their systems are often warned to be smart and aware of their surroundings. These type of warnings stem from the idea that if women look or act a certain way, they must be asking for it … right?

Victim blaming claims that women’s dress or behavior invites men to rape them. Rather than holding men responsible for the crime they have committed, women are blamed for “putting themselves out there.”

Placing the blame on women provides an excuse for a horrible crime; women should never be accused of enabling sexual assault. While everyone should be careful and aware of their surroundings for safety purposes, there should not be a different concept of social acceptability for women and men.

Although many campaigns work to prevent rape, they usually address women and the ways in which they can protect themselves. But what about the men?

It’s times like these when it’s necessary to be reminded that rape is never the victim’s fault. Last year, a public service announcement from the Florida State University activist group Men Advocating Responsible Conduct (MARC), titled “Don’t Rape Her,” tackled the problem by telling men what to do if a woman drinks too much, wears sexy clothes or says no their advances: “Don’t rape her!”

Simple, isn’t it?

The PSA provides a refreshing and necessary stance that challenges victim blaming. Check out Men Can Stop Rape Too (MCSR) to find out more about men taking responsibility for rape.

Photo from MARC’s “Don’t Rape Her” public service announcement

Comments

  1. It seems kind of trivalizing? They might have had good intentions when making the video, but it did not have the indended effect.

  2. Isabella Binny says:

    I agree with Mandy. It is trivializing. There is something totally off. It is like a backward SNL skit. Rape is violence. Horrible violence. That truth is not related in some catchy, edited video like this. I love what you are trying to do and I believe men need to be part of the solution. You men who are admired as male role models, who are comfortable as spokesman. You need a great writer, director and editor. You can’t do this on the cheap. Go to Kickstarter, we’ll be there for you.

  3. Agree with Isalbelle and Mandy. Keep up the good work, but get a great director!

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