Don't Want to Get Raped? Just Don't Drink, Says Hong Kong Official

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Yo, women, I don't understand why we have to keep having this conversation. It's simple: If you don't want to have your life violently rearranged by the horror of rape, you just need to pre-rearrange everything in your life, severely limiting your movements and self-expression, so as to avoid ever letting your guard down in public or crossing the path of one of those naughty, errant rape-penises. They're going to be rolling around raping no matter what (there's just no talking to those guys!), so, if you think about it, it's really your fault for not avoiding them effectively enough. Did you know that a rape-penis can smell one drop of exposed ankle in 500,000 gallons of downtown Hong Kong? It's true! STAY INSIDE AND DON'T MOVE, LADIES. In fact, it's possible for you to be fed intravenously in a subterranean coffin, that'd be ideal for the hapless rapists of Hong Kong.


OR SO SAYS THIS GUY, ANYWAY. In response to a dramatic rise in reported rapes this year, Hong Kong's security secretary explained that it's not an epidemic of rapes so much as an epidemic of drunk sluts.

“Some of these cases…involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol,” Hong Kong security secretary Lai Tung-kwok said on Tuesday during a press briefing, in describing this year’s jump in sexual violence. “So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much.”

In the first quarter of 2013, government statistics show, the city’s number of rape cases rose 60% from the same period last year, up to 35. Incidents of indecent assault also rose by 18%, up to 367. Advocates for victims of sexual assault say the crimes are likely to be significantly underreported.

“There’s a lot of stigma that’s given to the victims,” said Liu Si-si, director of the Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centers. She cited the security chief’s remarks on rape as one prime example. “The remarks he made are proof of a culture that blames victims for doing something ‘wrong,’ like drinking.”

To anyone who still doubts the existence of "rape culture," THIS IS IT. Hearing shit like this from the fucking actual government. It's men telling women that the "solution" to rape is for us to put our lives on hold and hide inside and restrict our activities and bind up our bodies. And if we don't do those things, then we deserve what we get. It's just another way for men to restrict women's lives, under the guise of "protecting women." Sober women have been raped. Nuns have been raped. Unconscious women have been raped. The only solution to rape is for rapists to stop raping people. I'm glad this dude is being raked across the international coals. He was asking for it.

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Perhaps Not

Not to sound like a horrible troll, but could he maybe have just been trying to give good advice? Like, instead of saying "only drunk girls get raped, you boozy sluts," he was instead sort of saying "don't take the shortcut down the darkened alley because there are bad people down there?"

Perhaps it would have been better to say "get trashed in a group of friends with a DD" or "drink at home, where there are hopefully no predators," but I feel like calling this "rape culture" is maybe assuming the worst of intentions on the part of this dude.