Rape Prevention & Awareness : The Point Where Caution Becomes Paranoia
Hi all! First off, I’d like to apologize for my recent absence from blogging; it seems that I’ve been preoccupied lately, and haven’t gotten around to sitting down and writing a post. Not to mention, I haven’t had any solid topics worth writing about; that is, until now!
A few moments ago, I was scrolling down my dashboard on tumblr, and came across an interesting post. I usually scroll past videos, however, as I started moving down the page, this caption caught my eye:
Anti-rape wear. Its almost impervious to knife attacks and tearing/stretching.”
Intrigued enough, I clicked the ‘play’ icon, and the video began.
The following statement is taken off of the AR Wear Indiegogo site
"Rape is about as wrong as it gets. The only one responsible for a rape is the rapist and AR Wear will not solve the fundamental problem that rape exists in our world. Only by raising awareness and education, as well as bringing rapists to justice, can we all hope to eventually accomplish the goal of eliminating rape as a threat to both women and men. Meanwhile, as long as sexual predators continue to populate our world, AR Wear would like to provide products to women and girls that will offer better protection against some attempted rapes while the work of changing society’s rape culture moves forward."
My opinion on rape matches up with what AR Wear had said in the above statement; the only people responsible for a rape, are the rapists. As much as we would like to see total goodness in humanity, there will always be evil and wrong-doers; murderers, thieves, abusers, andrapists will always be among us. To rob a house is not okay, but we still lock our doors at night. It is important to recognize that there are bad people in the world, and though we should practice kind, honest behavior on our own, along with teaching our children and those around us to do the same, we must also acknowledge the evil around us, and take proper precautions in regards to our safety and wellbeing. Walking around holding a wad of cash will trigger a thief to steal, just as a woman walking around in revealing clothing may trigger a rapist to rape. Though both the thief and the rapist are in the wrong, we can take precautionary measures in attempts to prevent an attack from occurring. However, there is a point where stressing over these possibilities crosses from caution to paranoia. Is wearing a confining, potentially uncomfortable garment similar to a chastity belt in order to prevent potential rape, going too far? While the garment is intended for safety, I feel as though it encourages owners to live in fear. Also, the durable material can prove dangerous in the case of a medical emergency.
The concept of AR Wear’s product is both unique and effective in preventing rape. However, I must question how this product may prevent an attack. An attempting rapist would certainly become frustrated with the difficulty of undressing their potential victim. This frustration may lead to potential outrage, leading the attacker to become violent. Clearly, there is a way to remove the garment, that the woman or man wearing it would know of; the attacker may threaten and/or physically harm their victim until they admit the ‘trick’ to removing the shorts. In the event of an attempted rape, AR Wear’s product can possibly lead to a more violent crime/rape.
All in all, I am on the fence about my stance on this product. I believe that it can be effective, however, it may also be troublesome. Feel free to let me know how you feel about this product! If you are supportive of it’s production, you can contribute to AR Wear’s funding here.
Thanks for reading!
(This post is originally taken from my blogspot)