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Singapore Anti-Groping PSA Features Terrible Puns, Victim-Blaming ‘Tips’

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Singapore, which might be one of the worst places in the world if you're looking to break the law, has apparently rolled out an anti-public-groping campaign, which would be very helpful and nice if its street-side ads didn't features incredibly creepy pictures supplemented with a litany of instructions about what women can do — "Avoid walking through secluded areas alone"; "Have someone escort you home when it's late" — if they'd rather not have some leering jerkface fondle them on public transportation. Also, Singapore residents could probably do without the punning "stiff penalties" threat at the bottom of the ad, which makes the whole thing feel less like a public safety announcement and more like an advertising intern's misguided attempt to corner the impoverished irony market in Singapore.

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Almost every single time I've been molested in some way, I've been with at least one friend. Not lingering alone in secluded alleys, but in a "safe" public space and as part of a pair or group. Being with an "escort" does very little to dissuade gropers, at least if that escort/companion is also female. True, I don't get groped by strangers if a man is accompanying me, but I do often have to fend off my male escort because he has decided that my reluctance to walk alone was only a means of expressing interest in him.

You just can't win.