Don't Tell Women, "Don't Get Raped," Instead, Value Women Enough To Say, "Don't Rape."
Open letter from Graduate Women's Studies Students Association to the York Community Re: sexual assaults on campus.
We're writing this letter because we're angry. Why?
First, because women at York are being attacked, sexually assaulted and raped. Like everyone, we have the right to study and work without fear of violence.
Second, we're angry because instead of hearing a loud and repeated condemnation of sexual assault, we're told how to avoid being raped. York administration's security bulletin calls on us to be "vigilant" about our safety. Women have heard this before: don't make the same mistakes as those women; don't go out alone at night; don't be in the wrong place at the wrong time; basically, don't get raped.