There's More To This University Of Manchester "Anti-Rape" Campaign Poster Than Meets The Eye
A photo went viral today suggesting that the police had recently created new posters in response to a recent sexual assault on campus. BuzzFeed News spoke to Greater Manchester Police to find out more.
A photo taken of a poster allegedly put up in the University of Manchester went viral after it was criticised for victim blaming.
An article in The Tab initially linked the poster to a recent sexual assault at the University of Manchester.
Twitter was quick to criticise Greater Manchester Police.
However, that poster dates back to 2006, and commenters below the Tab article claim it has been in the halls for at least four years.
These are what the current anti-rape posters of Greater Manchester Police look like.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Greater Manchester Police said: "This poster was produced in 2007 by GMP as part of a campaign to tackle robberies being committed against students. It has nothing to do with a publicity campaign on rape."
The strapline 'Keep your assets out of sight' was simply a reminder to students not to flaunt valuables such as mobile phones, iPods and cameras.
The poster is no longer printed or distributed, and it is seven years since they were last sent out.
According to The Tab, the poster is still up, in the computer department of Manchester University. Editor Jack Rivlin told us: "Our article did not link the poster to the attacks except to say it was insensitive given the recent attacks, which it obviously is."
The Tab's article has been edited to remove the connection between the poster and a recent incident of sexual assault.