Not Ever Campaign
January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
In a world where it is common to blame the victim, Rape Crisis Scotland’s Not Ever campaign presents a refreshing outlook on rape prevention and response. The Not Ever campaign promotes the idea that no one ever deserves to be raped. Drinking with your friends, wearing a short skirt, consenting to some sexual activity, or even going home with someone is not the same as giving consent and certainly does not mean someone is “asking to be raped”. The Not Ever campaign directly challenges this “asking for it” mentality with a Public Service Announcement released in June 2010.
In Scotland, only 3% of rape reports end in convictions. This is an overwhelmingly low percentage. The women-blaming mentality does not foster an environment in which women feel comfortable speaking up about rape for fear of being humiliated or scrutinized. Additionally, these attitudes may affect the possibility of a rape victim seeing justice because of the prevalence of this mentality among jurors. There is only one person who is responsible for a rape: the rapist. No matter how many drinks you’ve had or if you kissed this person before— no one ever deserves to get raped.
For more information on the Not Ever campaign, visit www.notever.co.uk. I posted the public service announcement below. Let me know what you think!