University of Colorado-Colorado Springs advised students to vomit or urinate on rape attackers as part of the R.A.D. program.
Image source: Stun Guns and Stuff BY JASMINE BAILEY The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is catching a lot of flack for posting some controversial tips for women on how to prevent rape. Because of the media attention, the university has removed the list from its Department of Public Safety Page. But here’s a screenshot of the post from Denver’s KDVR. The list, called “What to Do If You Are Attacked,” lays out 10 last-resort tips for women. The ones that sparked the most controversy? Number “ 6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating” And number “ 7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone” The backlash came on social media too -- especially Twitter. Some joked about the post, but others were angry -- and referenced a newly passed Colorado bill. “Hey @UCCS should I say "period" or "menstruating" or "shark week"? Which will make my rapist lose his boner & run away the fastest??” “That last tweet was from the @UCCS tips on "What To Do If You Are Attacked". How about teaching people NOT to attack/rape instead??” “Vomiting & urinating? Fire the pansy professor who gave this advice! U have compromised the safety of your students! #tcot #nra @UCCS ” That bill: “…creates a new exception stating that a permit does not authorize a permit holder to possess a concealed handgun: In any building or structure, or any portion thereof, that is used by a public institution of higher education for any purpose.” Which as ABC News points out — was passed after Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar said that women might accidentally shoot someone if they carried firearms for protection -- a comment that made major waves on its own. The headlines, too, are connecting the University’s rape prevention post to the newly passed bill. But the university refutes that the two are related -- here’s its press release. “ The recent circulation of a web page containing information about rape prevention...was taken out of context. …the web page in question is not related to the gun control discussions now taking place in the Colorado General Assembly.” The list of tips, the university explained, actually comes from a specific self-defense class called R.A.D or Rape Aggression Defense -- a class that’s been taught for decades. One Colorado police officer who teaches it defended the tips, telling KRDO: “I know it sounds way off the wall, but why not use something to your advantage? If you could possibly get a perpetrator that is disgusted by one of those things and that could make them walk away.” The program has been offered at various universities since 1989 and has educated some 900,000 women -- according to the University of Colorado, the page was created in 2006 as part of material for its class.