The University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) is promoting an odd way to prevent rape on campus.
The Wardenburg Student Health Center, which is the primary health care facility for CU students, recently posted on its "CU Health Buffs" Facebook page:
The ONLY use of a rape whistle is: If you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle to warn them! Distributing these whistles for other reasons implies 1) that strangers are the likely perpetrators of sexual assault and 2) that the targeted person is primarily responsible for their assault. And who thinks that???? #rapeculture #victimblaming #hidinginplainsight
Apparently, the logic is that if the victim uses a rape whistle then the victim is somehow signifying that the victim is responsible for the sexual assault.
According to Campus Reform, the Wardenburg Student Health Center has also handed out flyers on the CU campus telling students to blow a whistle before a sexual assault as a warning to the victim.
Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar (D), who opposes guns on college campuses, advocated using rape whistles in 2013, noted The Washington Times.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have [rape] whistles," said Salazar. "Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know, if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop... pop a round at somebody,”