Women on college campuses may be soon unable to protect themselves from attack by carrying a firearm, but on the plus side, they can always vomit.
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs updated a safety advisory on how to thwart would-be rapists Monday, a few hours after the state House voted 34-31 to ban concealed-carry on public universities.
During the floor debate, House Democrats offered helpful hints on how unarmed women might ward of attackers–try safe zones, call boxes and whistles–but the advice provided by the UCCS Department of Public Safety was considerably less tidy and significantly more graphic.
Citing the Rape Aggression Defense Systems, a hands-on program designed to teach women “realistic ways to defend and protect oneself from sexual and abductive assaults,” the department listed 10 steps to follow in the event of an attack.
They include: Tell your attacker you have a disease or are menstruating; start vomiting or urinating; and try yelling, hitting or biting.
Funny how House Democrats never said anything about the urination strategy. Of course, that might have made them appear insensitive to the safety concerns of college women.
The department also pointed out that “if your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense” and advised women to “be realistic about your ability to defend yourself.”
In other words: You may not be able to defend yourself. And while there’s no guarantee that women who carry a concealed weapon will always be able to avoid attack, it definitely improves their odds.
“Competent, trained women should have the ability to defend themselves, not just because they may have a ‘fear’ of getting raped, but because they face very real dangers,” said Debbie Brown, executive director of the Colorado Women’s Alliance.
House Democrats insist they care deeply about protecting college women, but evidently they care just a little bit more about appeasing the gun-control lobby. Tough luck, ladies. And by the way: start guzzling water. You’re going to need it.