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June 13, 2006

Women Cannot Be Expected to Look After Themselves, Part 15

Why does the effing obvious merit such controversy?

A POLICE chief sparks controversy today by suggesting the number of rapes in Scotland could be substantially reduced if women drank less.

Neil Richardson, assistant chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, bases his claim on new research which identified victims' alcohol consumption as significant in a third of attacks.

The senior officer said "a lot" of the 1,100 rapes a year could be prevented "by people not allowing themselves to be in a vulnerable position".

The natural response from PC idiots:

But rape support and alcohol workers insist women should be able to drink without fear of being attacked.

Sandy Brindley, national co-ordinator of Rape Crisis Scotland, warned that Richardson's comments might make women reluctant to come forward if they are attacked while drunk.

She said: "Women should be able to drink and not worry about being raped. Far too often reports of rapes focus on the woman's behaviour and the perpetrator becomes invisible."

That's nice, Sandy. I'm glad that you, a national coordinator of Rape Crisis Scotland, are quashing the police chief's dangerous message about moderation, sensible behavior, and self awareness. You're a peach.
Yes, it would be nice for women to be able to drink themselves blotto whenever they want and be safe as can be. But frankly, all people need to be responsible for their own safety. Your retort to the police chief's conclusion is, how do you say, idiotic and counterproductive.

The article goes on to make good points about the fact that the men involved in rape cases are often drunk too.

You know what else? Diamond merchants should be able to walk around in the worst neighborhoods at all hours without being bopped over the head and robbed. But they can't. Its a fucking travesty.

I guess if a person has something that other people want, they have to take better care of themselves. They have to be more aware of their surroundings, stay more alert, and choose trustworthy companions to watch their back.

Why, that's Hell on Earth, that's what that is.

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