Crisis Pregnancy Center Ad in College Paper-Ignore the Crime, Lie to Women & Force her to bear child
Once again, after decades of research, outreach, advocacy and education, we see examples of irresponsible ignorance. The ad below blames the survivor for her rape and subsequent pregnancy. To anyone who doesn’t understand, a person intoxicated on alcohol or drugs is not able to legally give consent to sexual intercourse or any other sexual activity. To engage in sexual activity with a person intoxicated on alcohol or drugs is a crime. The crime of Rape.
It is not a misunderstanding, the alcohol talking or boys-being-boys. It is a crime, It is the crime of rape.
No hospital emergency room will refuse the survivor—a rape kit can and will be executed if it is the survivors wish. The police will investigate and file charges. It is up to the District Attorney to prosecute or not.
No matter what you think, or your friends think. Engaging in sexual activity with an intoxicated person is a crime. The Crime of Rape.
The ad comes during an ongoing public debate about alcohol and rape, especially with regard to teenagers and young adults. The case of a teenage girl and her family who were brutally harassed after, as she told police, she was raped while intoxicated has sparked calls for justice. And a recent column by Emily Yoffe for Slate has sparked intense criticism for its implication that women college students could avoid being raped by not getting drunk. (As RH Reality Check has previously reported, sexual assault on campus is persistent and often mishandled by college administrations.)