The greater The Manchester, England police department launched two date rape awareness ads yesterday, hoping to show that "sexual assaults often take place between newly-made acquaintances or with people who know each other and often when they've had a drink." While the intent is admirable, the actual commercials leave a lot to be desired. There are two versions of the ad, one from the woman's point of view, one from the man's, and, as you'll see above, the reactions of the rapist and victim are identical: They're both shot staring guiltily at the bathroom mirror, which seems to imply that a victim of sexual assault should feel ashamed or humiliated. In addition, the commercial seems to be blaming alcohol for the entire scenario, which totally absolves the perpetrator of any real accountability in this gray rape.

TV Advert To Warn Men Over Rape [BBC]
Police Launch Rape Awareness TV Campaign [Greater Manchester Police]
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