Girls in the Bodensee district of Baden-Wurttemberg, a state in Germany, are being issued press-on temporary tattoos that say, "No! Not with me!" to discourage sexual assaults in swimming pools.
The prevention campaign was spearheaded by Veronika Wascher-Goggerle, who is the district's women's and family representative, notes the Daily Express.
Wascher-Goggerle hopes the new tattoos will also help raise awareness over recent sexual assaults in public swimming pools.
While there have been reports of migrants sexually assaulting females, and additional security being added, Wascher-Goggerle does not want her campaign to be linked to migrants, which has been a hot topic in Germany.
Wascher-Goggerle said there were sexual abuse issues at pools before refugees were coming into the country:
I think many girls are insecure. What is normal in daily interactions and what should not be allowed and needs to be reported? Illustrations have been made available at swimming pools and should make this clear. The temporary tattoos are an incentive for young swimmers to think about the issue.
Back in the U.S., Stanford University is under fire for updating its alcohol policy on Aug. 22 in an apparent effort to stop sexual assaults in light of the Brock Turner case, notes The Guardian. Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who was passed out near a fraternity house.
The university banned "hard alcohol" and "shots" from on-campus parties that are attended by undergraduates, and outlawed specific types of liquor containers from undergraduate dorms.
"I actually think this is putting students in danger," Michele Landis Dauber, a Stanford law professor, told the news site. "It’s going to drive it underground ... and encourage this super quick consumption not in a public area."
Additionally, the university posted a new web page entitled, "Female Bodies and Alcohol," but removed a part that linked alcohol to sexual assaults, based on a cached version of the page from Archive.org:
Other research studies have shown that men who think they have been drink- ing alcohol -- even when they have only consumed a placebo -- feel sexually aroused and are more responsive to erotic stimuli, including rape scenarios. For some, being drunk serves as a justification for behavior that is demeaning or insulting, including the use of others as sexual objects.
It’s important to take action to protect friends and others from potential assault or other regretted behavior as a result of drinking. Pay attention when you see a pal acting in inappropriate ways or about to take advantage in a drunken situation. Intervene when you are worried that an intoxicated individual may be making a choice that they could regret in the morning -- or worse, making a choice that ends up hurting themselves or someone else.