Trigger warning for sexual assault and victim blaming.
Before anyone wants to misinterpret, quick clarification: It is awesome to do a public service campaign around the dangers of binge drinking; it is inexcusable to base any part of that campaign on victim blaming around sexual assault.
I’m sure some of you have seen this advertisement from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board floating around in recent days:
[Description: Photo of a woman's legs with her panties around her ankles. Text reads, “She didn’;t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no. When your friends drink, they can end up making bad decisions, like going home with someone they don’t know very well. Decisions like that leave them vulnerable to dangers like date rape. Help your friends control tonight and stay safe. ControlTonight.com.”]
The alcohol danger and sexual assault ad that should be instead:
[Description: Image of torn shorts. Text reads, “When your friends use alcohol as a weapon, they can end up targeting and sexually violating people unable to consent. Decsions like that make them rapists. Rape is wrong; so is victim blaming.”]
Thing is? I will still be able to go to bed on time.
I’m not sure how placing the emphasis where it belongs was really so difficult.