There are ways for women to reduce the risk of being raped, and most women have heard them. Everything from screaming, rape whistles, pepper spray and guns can be used for protection against potential predators. At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, however, they have some other ideas.
On their website, the University has updated their guidelines on “What to do if you are attacked.” These guidelines now include, “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating,” and “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.”
Of course, seeing that rape is an act of violence, it seems highly unlikely that any of these would work. Why should women have to resort to such unlikely means of protection? Why not advise women to do whatever is necessary to protect themselves? Because, hours before these guidelines were updated, it became illegal to do so.
On Monday, the Colorado state House of Representatives passed gun control measures, stomping on Second Amendment rights across the state. One of these measures was to make it illegal to carry a concealed weapon at a public university, regardless of a permit to do so. Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar argued for this legislation to pass.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” he said. “Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun.”
Salazar must not understand what it takes to get a permit to carry concealed if he thinks that mistake would be so easily made.
So, responsible gun owners are now forbidden from protecting themselves by all means necessary, but they are allowed to urinate on their attackers. Should that terrible advice fail, the University also reminded women that “If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.” If the bills pass the Senate and are signed into law by the governor, is this what women will have to accept?