Humberside Police: Now victim-blaming on a bus near you.

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There’s something slightly disconcerting about this poster from Humberside Police about drinking to excess.


Here’s what each of the halves looks like.

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The writing says: “Heaven. A night out with friends, dancing and drinking.”

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And this one continues:
“Hell. Drinking to excess, losing your friends, being vulnerable, not knowing how you got home.”

Underneath it says:
“Don’t let heaven turn to Hell, stay safe this Christmas by drinking responsibly and avoiding putting yourself at risk.”

Apart from the assumption that a night out is everyone’s idea of a good time, there’s something nagging me about the content of this poster.

Oh yeah, that’s it, the casual victim blaming.

It works like this. A group of people go out and have a few drinks. Or a lot of drinks. The group get split up at some point. One is assaulted on the way home. They call the police.

Then they’re asked what they were wearing.

Why did they drink so much.

Why weren’t they more careful.

The poster subtly suggests that women need to be extra careful, need to not drink to ‘excess’, need to prevent themselves from becoming victims.

I think someone has things arse about face. It is not the victim who is at fault but the perpetrator. The police should be supporting victims, not saying “well you shouldn’t have been drinking…”

It is no surprise that, with these sorts of institutional attitudes, victims of sexual assault and rape, whatever their sex and gender, under-report their attacks.

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3 thoughts on “Humberside Police: Now victim-blaming on a bus near you.

  1. > Oh yeah, that’s it, the casual victim blaming.

    The poster’s aim is to empower partygoers by reminding them to not get so drunk they become vulnerable. The poster is encouraging people to be responsible and mature.

    > It works like this. A group of people go out and have a few drinks. Or a lot of drinks. The group get split up at some point. One is assaulted on the way home. They call the police.

    The poster encourages you to only have a few drinks and not a lot of drinks. This way you will still be sober enough to not get split up or put your self into any other kind of vulnerable position. If you stay sober and don’t do something stupid there is really no reason why you would get mugged or sexually assaulted.

    > Then they’re asked what they were wearing. Why did they drink so much. Why weren’t they more careful.

    This is like asking a motorist involved in a road accident how fast they were driving, how much they were drinking and why they weren’t driving more carefully.

    > The poster subtly suggests that women need to be extra careful, need to not drink to ‘excess’, need to prevent themselves from becoming victims.

    Yes that is the main message of the poster. There’s no need to put ‘excess’ in quotes. Excess drinking means you are no longer in control of your actions or even your mind… Do you understand what being too drunk to drive means? That is what ‘excess’ drinking means.

    > It is not the victim who is at fault but the perpetrator. The police should be supporting victims, not saying “well you shouldn’t have been drinking…”

    The aim of the poster is to prevent muggings and assaults. At no point does the poster imply that muggers or rapists are not to blame for their crimes.

    Sex positive feminism encourages young women to go out partying dressed provocatively and getting drunk and being ’empowered’ and not thinking about their own safety. Then if they end up having a bad experience because they were so drunk they didn’t even know their own name the sex positive feminism is replaced by victim feminism. Now feminism tells the young woman she is not empowered after all. She is a weak, pathetic victim who is being oppressed and victimised by everyone.

    The more drunk women there are passing out and being mugged or raped the better it is for feminism. It’s all good for business. Feminism thrives of the unhappiness and anger of women who feel like oppressed victims.

    That is why feminism trains women to attack anybody who tries to encourage women to behave responsibly, maturely and in their own self interest. Encouraging women to not become victims means there will be less victims running to feminism with tears streaming down their faces.

    • It’s a matter of opinion, and based on experience; to me the poster implies that if you get assaulted when drunk you’re responsible for it. That you have a different perspective is based on your experience and perspective.

  2. I appreciate your argument here curiosetta but let’s face it staying sober is no guarantee of safety, sober women get attacked too. As do men. Ultimately the responsibility for an attack is on the attacker. I am no advocate of going out and getting so drunk you can’t remember what happened and I firmly believe in taking responsibility for your actions. However there is a subtle “women are victims” message which ignores the fact that it is possible that anyone can be a victim, man, woman, drunk, sober, if an attacker chooses a victim they will attack.

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