Female soldier calls out victim-blaming Air Force flier with tips for how to “avoid becoming a victim” of sexual assault

Here’s a poster of helpful advice on “how to avoid being a victim” created by the sexual assault coordinator at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force base. Via Business Insider:

Ohio Air Force victim-blaming sexual assault post

I particularly love that this list of tips–all eight of which are directed at the potential victim–is under the title “Preventing Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Duty!” Maybe the guidelines for would-be perpetrators were just accidentally printed on the opposite of the flier? 

When Jennifer Stephens, a battalion commander in the state’s National Guard, saw the flier in the women’s bathroom at the base, she took action. She slapped a note with actual info survivors of sexual assault should know (what a novel idea) over the flier and penned a letter to the sexual assault response office. “Please take a moment to think about how you would feel if you had been assaulted,” she wrote, “and you went to a [Sexual Assault Coordinator] or Victims Advocate and one of the first questions they sled you was what you were wearing or if you were alone of if you were drunk.”

Word. And kudos to Stevens for speaking out.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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