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 From Cosmopolitan.com

 

So get this ... oh my lanta..

Sexual violence on college campuses is a serious problem: According to statistics, one in five women are raped during their college careers. 

That's terrifying. 

Colleges and universities around the country are trying to shift those statistics through education and self-defense courses. And we applaud any effort to stop rape, but we can't support an advisory from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 

UCCS' Department of Public Safety doesn't quite get it, though. The department issued an updated version of their on-campus rape advisory—What To Do If You Are Attacked—which gives some common advice to avoid rape, like attract attention. But some of the department's other "tips" are messed up. 

"Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating," reads one tip on the list

"Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone," reads another. 

What

These tips are insulting. First of all, rape is rarely about sex, it's about power. Vomit, blood, and urine aren't going to deter a rapist hell-bent on an attack. 

Also, how do you just make yourself vomit on a whim? It's not something that just happens easily. 

The "advice" they give is impractical at best—and it victim-blames, too, like the "advice" that reads, "Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm." Ugh. 

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