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U.S. Air Force Brochure to Prevent Rape Says ‘It May Advisable to Submit’

| by Michael Allen
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A rape and sexual assault “prevention and response” brochure printed by the U.S. Air Force advises rape victims, "It may be advisable to submit than to resist."

According to Wired magazine, the questionable advice appears in a section of the booklet titled “If You Are Attacked.” 

The brochure states: "It may be advisable to submit than to resist. You have to make this decision based on circumstances. Be especially careful if the attacker has a weapon."

Under the section, "Risk Reduction at Home," the brochure says to "Keep Bushes and Shrubbery Trimmed."

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There are numerous suggestions about keeping home and doors locked, but nothing in the brochure addresses the fact that most rapes are committed by someone who knows the victim, not a stranger. Nor does it mention the enormous number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military are committed by fellow service members.

The brochure, distributed at the Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, does not offer instruction to service members on not committing sexual assault.

According to a new Pentagon report, there were 26,000 anonymous claims of U.S. military sexual assaults in 2012, notes NBCNews.com.

The brochure was released one day after the U.S. Air Force's Chief of Sexual Assault Prevention, Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in a parking lot.

The brochure pages were provided to Wired by Protect Our Defenders, which raises awareness of sexual assault within the U.S. military.

“The Air Force should be passing out pamphlets to our men and women in uniform on how not to commit sexual assault," Protect Our Defenders spokesman Brian Purchia told Wired. "This brochure is just the latest in a long history of failed programs and policies. The military’s sexual assault prevention campaigns are rooted in a wrong headed 1950s paradigm.”

Source: Wired and NBCNews.com