11 Recent Rape Awareness Ads [NSFW]

Unfortunately, rape is currently worldwide front page news. Here are some awareness ad efforts from around the world. [Ed. note: some disturbing imagery and partial nudity ahead]

1.

2008.
The national Telefono Donna Rape Helpline put up these crucifixion posters in Italian cities to raise awareness for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Predictably, many conservative Italian politicians screamed in protest.

2.

2012.
Poster that went up all over England prior to a big national rugby tournament.
That headline/visual combo clashes very violently and uncomfortably.

3.

2008.
Staggeringly awful statutory rape awareness ads via the United Way of Milwaukee. They were quickly pulled.

4.

2012.
Again via the United Way of Milwaukee.
While the thought behind these statutory rape ads is better, that url (BabyCanWait?) is just horrible.

5.

2007-2010.
Via the Home Office of England.
Sexualizing a woman in hot “do not enter” panties is a questionable tactic.
But, it’s better than what France did, below.

6.

2010.
Translation: “75,000 (French) women are raped every year. Rape: the shame should switch sides.” The call-to-action is an invitation to sign an online petition. I don’t think that’s the kind of visual that’s going to get people to sign a petition.

7.

2011.
Via the Pennsylvania Liquor Board. The victim blaming strategy (very popular in the US) didn’t go over so well. They pulled all the ads almost immediately. Liquor Boards should probably just shut the fuck up about rape in the future.

8.

2012.
Finally, somebody got rape ads right.
Via the Edmonton police department.
Learn more about the campaign, and see the rest of the ads here.

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