GONE VIRAL: A top 10 rape prevention tip list with a twist. Photo Contributed
GONE VIRAL: A top 10 rape prevention tip list with a twist. Photo Contributed Contributed

Helpful rape prevention tips goes viral

A LIST of rape prevention tips, which first appeared on a blog in 2011, has gone viral after being tweeted by American comedian Sarah Silverman.

The catch is that the tips are aimed at the would-be rapists themselves.

At last count, the Sarah Silverman tweet had been retweeted more than 3500 times.

The tips were written for a 2011 blog from a Washington State-based group against domestic violence.

Tips such as "when you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone" and "If you are in an elevator and a woman gets in, don't rape her" take aim at the notion that advice is almost always aimed at the targeted person.

The original post reads "As I was reading, I couldn't decide if I should laugh or be horrified by the reality that violence prevention tips are always aimed at what the targeted person should do (judgment strongly implied) to protect themselves".

The post goes on to say "It is the rapist and the culture around us that excuses, supports, and looks away that we must change".

Here are the rape prevention tips as they appeared on the post:

1 Don't put drugs in women's drinks.

2 When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone.

3 If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her.

4 If you are in an elevator and a woman gets in, don't rape her.

5 When you encounter a woman who is asleep, the safest course of action is to not rape her.

6 Never creep into a woman's home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars, or rape her.

7 Remember, people go to the laundry room to do their laundry. Do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

8 Use the Buddy System! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.

9 Carry a rape whistle. If you find that you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you.

10 Don't forget: Honesty is the best policy. When asking a woman out on a date, don't pretend that you are interested in her as a person; tell her straight up that you expect to be raping her later. If you don't communicate your intentions, the woman may take it as a sign that you do not plan to rape her.

The NewsMail is running a petition to end domestic and family violence.

You can sign the petition here

The original blog can be found here