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U.S. Navy posts feminist-produced poster advising sailors ‘don’t assault people’

A poster about sexual assault displayed on the U.S. Navy’s Facebook page is causing quite a stir. Titled “Sexual Assault Prevention Tips,” the poster advises readers not to assault anyone.

“When you see somebody walking by themselves, leave them alone!” it reads. “If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!”

The poster doesn’t stop there.

“USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public,” the poster continues. “Don’t forget, you can’t have sex with somebody unless they are awake!”

Some Facebook posts are meant to be humorous or sarcastic, but this is the U.S. Navy. Reactions to the poster’s 10 tips were harsh, with many seeming to believe it was a joke. The Navy says it was not.

“[B]eyond stupid – juvenile” read one of the 258 comments. “Wow, I had no idea … What a f_cking joke! If Conan doesn’t have a field day with this one, I’ll be surprised,” posted another. (TSA to roll out ‘trusted traveler’ program)

“As an Active Duty Service Member for almost 15 years and a SAVI/SAPR advocate for 11 years,” wrote another commenter, “I’m disappointed that this was the best foot forward. If it was YOUR sister or YOUR Sailor would you still think it was funny? Since when did sexual assault become a joke? I must have missed that symposium.”

A blog post at the U.S. Naval Institute lambasted the Facebook poster, calling it a “messaging fail of epic proportions.”

“There are ways to address sexual assault, and there is good advice to provide to our Sailors,” the blog read. “This fails on all accounts, and is actually counter-productive on many levels. Not only is the advice worthless for Sailors – it makes the Navy seem idiotic for having it on their wall.”

When the posts on Facebook got out of hand, the Navy posted a brief clarification.

“Navy fans, we’re appreciative of the interest on a topic that doesn’t get enough serious scrutiny. A few things we’d offer: 1) This is not a Navy-generated poster, but we extended it to get your attention; 2) As sad as it is, you’d be surprised how many people need to be told these seemingly basic things; 3) It’s everyone’s responsibility to stop sexual assault. Let’s get to it,” the Navy wrote.

The Navy explained to TheDC that this is part of its ongoing effort to stamp out sexual assault in its ranks.

“The initial posting was put up with insufficient context,” Navy spokeswoman, LT Alana Garas told TheDC. “We quickly provided it. The intention of posting the poster was to encourage discussion on a serious issue in our Navy. Sexual assault is a crime that will not be tolerated. One sexual assault is too many and the Navy will continue to explore ways to reach our sailors on this serious issue.”

Between the “hahas” and “is this a joke?” the poster did generate some buzz about the importance of ending sexual assault. (‘Pastafarian’ claims pasta strainer as religious headgear)

“As a woman, I take absolutely no offense to this poster. I find it extremely informative. It’s not meant to be funny and I don’t see any humor in it,” one woman explained. “I think it’s sad that so many people can’t see the real objective behind this poster. Truth is, you can present rape in a light manner or a serious one. Doesn’t change the fact that rape exists, has always existed and will always exist as long as there are humans on earth.”

The poster was not a Navy-produced document, but rather a product of the feminist blog TumblinFeminist.

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  • Rocketman

    Let’s get down to brass tacks, or brass tackiness, shall we?

    Fully 50% of reported rapes in our society are FALSE. Studies have concluded that 45% to 55% of reported rapes are lies, so I’ll split the difference @50%.
    That said, IF women are concerned about such an attack, why on earth would they insert themselves into an historically all-male fraternity?

    The Song, “Men, Men, Men” by Martin Mull and Steve Martin USED to sum it up:

    ♫♪”Men, Men, Men”♫♪

    (snip)

    Men, Men, Men, Men
    Men, Men, Men, Men
    Men, Men, Men, Men
    Men, Men, Men, Men

    It’s great to be on a ship with men and sail across the sea-o,
    We don’t know where we’ll land or when, but it’s great to be with men
    It’s great to be with men

    ‘Cause men can sweat and men can stink and no one seems to care-o,
    We’ll throw the dishes in the sink and clog the drain with hair-o,
    (Clog the drain with hair-o)

    Men, men, men.
    It’s a ship all filled with men.
    So batten down the ladies room; there’s no one here but men
    Men, Men, Men, Men
    Men, Men, Men, Men

    There’s men above, there’s men below, there’s men down in the galley,
    There’s Butch and Spike And Buzz and Biff
    And one guy we call Sally
    (And one guy we call Sally)

    Men, men, men.
    It’s a ship all filled with men.
    You’ll never have to lift the seat; there’s no one here but men
    Men, Men, Men, Men
    Men, Men, Men, Men

    We’re men and friends until the end and none of us are sissies,
    At night we sleep in separate beds and blow each other kissies
    (And blow each other kissies)

    Men, men, men.
    It’s a ship all filled with men.
    So throw your rubbers overboard; there’s no one here but men
    Ahhhhhhhhh, Mennnnn.

    http://www.themadmusicarchive.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=6953

    (chuckle)

    ** NOW, condoms are a necessity … I guess. Who knows what with all of the female sailors who want to go back to “the world” and be cared for by the military health care system – on OUR dime.
    Being unable to perform one’s duties, given one’s private behavior, USED to be grounds for non-judicial punishment – or even a Court Martial.
    Just Sayin’

    ~(Ä)~

  • dkbokc

    Wow, what an asinine poster. Makes you wonder about the idiot that created it.

  • brkibbey

    Wow, people are most self-righteous when they are at their most moronic.

    This is clearly meant to point out, in a non-humorous way, that we still, as a society, put more blame on the victims of sexual assault than we should, that women shouldn’t have to live differently than men in order to not be raped.

    If you take this as literal, go to the back of the class. If you take this as a joke, go join them.

    This was, frankly, a brilliant poster, wasted on people who are so stupid I’m guessing their family trees look like tent poles. I hope the people who took offense to this are sterile. We need them out of the pool.

    • truebearing

      “When you see somebody walking by themselves, leave them alone!” it reads. “If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!”

      What if the man didn’t pull over to help them with car problems? Is he free to assault them then? That statement seemed a little too specific, but maybe they were only addressing men who have very specific criminal urges.

      “USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public,”

      Does that mean you don’t need a buddy if you are in private when you assault women? what if you don’t have enough friends to follow you around all day?

      “Don’t forget, you can’t have sex with somebody unless they are awake!”

      So it’s OK to assault them if they are awake…..I see. This is some really helpful stuff.

      Now that I’m (almost) done making fun of the poster you find so brilliant, and you for finding it brilliant, maybe you can explain how exactly does the moronic poster address blaming rape victims, or women having to live differently than men to keep from getting raped?

      Your entire comment is incoherent and non sequitur, not to mention extremely stupid. You’ll have to forgive the redundancy. Stupidity triggers my synonymitis like nothing else.

    • Kinnison

      Are you for real? Women both in and out of the military complain that they can’t find a good man to marry. Why is that? Perhaps because the “Y” Generation male can see that in both the military and in civilian business life the risks of being accused of rape by a disgruntled coworker or date outweigh the benefits of interacting with women of their acquaintance, and male/female personal relationships simply are too risky to develop. They’d rather hang out with their male friends and play computer games. It is a fact that police reports indicate approximately 50% of rape claims are false, but even a false rape claim can ruin a man’s career and his life. Is genuine rape a brutal crime? Yes, it is reprehensible. Should it be punished to the full extent of the law? Again, yes. Should women stop using false claims of rape to get even with men? You betcha. The poster is demeaning to Navy men, most of whom are not rapists, and should never have been adopted by the U.S. Navy. Its adoption is political correctness run amok. We are in the midst of a war, ladies… Get over yourselves.