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  •  How proactive do you expect me to be? (9+ / 0-)

    I've taken several self-defense classes. I know how to throw a punch, get out of holds, and use my keys as a weapon.

    I make sure that I am aware of my surroundings when I walk somewhere. If it's at night or in a neighborhood where I feel unsafe, I either make sure that I'm with a group that includes at least one guy or I take a cab to get where I need to go.

    I carry my drink on to the dance floor to ensure that it's, at the very least, difficult for someone to put a drug in it. I only drink drinks that I've seen made in front of my eyes for the same reason. I make sure that if I do decide to overindulge when not at home, that there is someone I trust, usually a close female friend or my sister, to make sure that I get home safe.

    I rarely wear revealing clothing and quite frankly, depending on what I wear, I look like a guy.

    And yet, in spite of all this, I still know that it's possible for me to be raped.

    My sister's never taken a self-defense class and enjoys wearing short dresses, but follows all the same rules. If she was ever raped, would that mean she hadn't been proactive enough?

    Elimination of rape culture means that women (and men) should feel safe regardless of what measures they may or may not take.

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