Monday an Air Force officer who led the sexual assault prevention unit was charged with groping a woman in a parking lot, and now uncovered is more military disregard for women via a jaw dropping brochure containing appalling advice in light of the shocking level of sexual abuse against women in the US military. An Air Force brochure acquired by Danger Room, on sexual assault advises potential victims not to fight off their attackers but instead to ‘submit.’ In the creator of the brochure’s mind, instead of educating others on the prevention of rape, submission is the key.
Wired reports, “It may be advisable to submit [rather] than resist,” reads the brochure (.pdf), issued to airmen at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, where nearly 10,000 military and civilian personnel are assigned. “You have to make this decision based on circumstances. Be especially careful if the attacker has a weapon.”
The brochure does however, explain that sexual assault is not always committed by people who “don’t look like a rapist” — attackers “tend to have hyper-masculine attitudes,” but, the brochure does not offer instruction to servicemembers on not committing sexual assault, which points to prevention to be treated as the responsibility of potential victims.
Wired adds, “Rapists look for vulnerability and then exploit it in those who: are young (naive); are new to the base, deployment, area, etc.; are emotionally unstable,” the brochure (.pdf) continues.”
The brochure was issued to service members at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
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