Amazing Posters of Scotland's Men Standing Up Against Rape Are Exactly What America Needs

Amazing Posters of Scotland's Men Standing Up Against Rape Are Exactly What America Needs

Sex without consent is rape. Although a key point of anti-rape advocacy efforts, this point seems to be lost in many public service campaigns. Police Scotland's on-point anti-rape campaign, "We Can Stop It," intelligently targets men in an effective attempt to drive home this point. 

Unlike many anti-rape awareness that focus on educating women — the presumed victims of sexual assault — this campaign recognizes that awareness also means educating men, potential perpetrators.



Image Credit: We Can Stop It

The point of "We Can Stop It" is to make men take pride in the fact that they can inspire other men to make responsible, respectful choices. The monthlong campaign is also trying to highlight changes in Scotland's sexual offense laws surrounding the definition of consent and recognition of male rape. 

Most of the campaign's material features men asking rhetorical-type questions such as, "I know when she's asleep it's a NO. Do you?" and "I'm the kind of guy who doesn't pressurize his girlfriend to have sex. Do you?"

In another nod to modernizing definitions of sexual assault, the initiative is inclusive of the gay community, emphasizing that men can be victims of rape as well. 


Image Credit: We Can Stop It

Anti-rape campaigns have been getting it wrong for a long time — targeting only females, blaming victims for getting too drunk and implying that it is the woman's responsibility to avoid being raped. One Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board advertisement made the case that teen drinking is the reason girls wind up on a bathroom floor and get date raped. Their tag line was "She didn't want to do it but couldn't say no," somehow suggesting that alcohol abuse might be the problem.

Previous campaigns in the United Kingdom also emphasized the "what women are doing wrong" narrative, suggesting certain behaviors were putting themselves at risk


Image Credit: South Wales Police

With all that as a backdrop, Police Scotland's initiative represents a breath of fresh air. Their tagline "Together we can stop rape" puts the responsibility to prevent rape on men but also notes that they can take pride in being part of the solution.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Smriti Sinha

Smriti is a multimedia journalist trained at the Columbia School of Journalism. Before moving to New York, she was a sports reporter at The Indian Express in New Delhi. She continues to cover issues in sports, women's and LGBT rights.

MORE FROM

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?