Here’s Everything You Need To Do To Prevent Getting Raped

Step one: Watch this satirical video about victim-blaming.

1. With increasing media awareness about sexual violence, a lot of people have recently been thinking about women’s safety. This is a good thing.

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2. Unfortunately, some people think that the way to prevent rape is for potential victims to change their behavior.

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Read more about University of Colorado’s controversial rape prevention guidelines here.

3. Which takes the blame away from attackers, and results in women receiving some absurd instructions.

Read the above WikiHow in full here.

4. In an attempt to curb victim-blaming in media and on college campuses, Brooklyn filmmaker Cat Del Buono made a short satirical film mocking the trend.

The film observes as one woman attempts to follow every instruction that women have been given to prevent being raped.

5. Del Buono told BuzzFeed in an email:


This video came directly as a reaction to the guidelines put out by colleges like University of Colorado. I think it was around the same time the Stuebenville rape was all over the news. I started looking up other “tips” and basically found the same sort of ridiculous advice where the responsibility is put on the victim.

6. “Nothing has really changed to focus more on how to teach our young men NOT to rape. That’s what needs to happen.”

Del Buono cited other publications complicit in victim-blaming, such a Cosmopolitan (another story here) and Yahoo.

7. “I hope the video will bring this issue back to the surface.”

8. Watch the funny and powerful film “How To Not Get Raped” in full here:

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