College's anti-rape tactics include vomiting, urinating

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs issued an updated public-safety advisory shortly after the Colorado House approved several gun-control bills.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has issued a list of defense tactics that it says female students should consider to fend off a would-be rapist, and they include some potentially off-putting bodily functions: menstruating, urinating and vomiting.

Those tactics are among 10 "what to do if you're attacked" tips contained in a public-safety advisory that the university's Department of Public Safety updated on Monday evening. The tips were removed from the site by Tuesday afternoon.

The update came just hours after the Colorado state House passed a package of gun bills designed to crack down on gun violence. Among the bills was one that would ban concealed weapons on college campuses.

UCCS said the safety tips supplement information and training taught in a "Rape Aggression Defense" class. The class is offered free to women on campus.

The 10 tips:

  1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead!  It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
  3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
  4. Don't take time to look back; just get away.
  5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
  6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
  7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
  8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
  9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
  10. Remember, every emergency situation is different.  Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.

Not everyone thought the tips would be effective or practical.

"First, Colorado lawmakers claim ballpoint pens will save us from violent attacks. Now, it's vomiting, bare feet, and Aunt Flo. #fail," one woman tweeted.

Blogger, conservative syndicated columnist and Fox News Channel contributor Michelle Malkin added: "They forgot a surefire deterrent: Dress up as a Code Pink activist."

Meanwhile, Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar on Monday apologized for comments he made about rape on Friday during a House debate on legislation barring people from carrying guns into buildings on the campuses of the state's public universities. Salazar, a Democrat, said during a speech that women did not need to carry a gun to protect themselves from rapists on campus. He said that guns bring with them the possibility of shooting the wrong person.

"It's why we have call boxes, it's why we have safe zones, it's why we have the whistles. Because you just don't know who you're gonna be shooting at," he said.

"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."

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Video of his speech went viral, and he was skewered by Republicans, gun-rights backers and some women.

"I'm sorry, a whistle and a call box are not going to help that woman on campus," said Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton, KDVR reported.

Salazar issued a written apology on Monday, saying he was sorry if he offended anyone.

"We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns make people safer on campus. I don't believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make," he said, according to The Denver Post.

"If anyone thinks I'm not sensitive to the dangers women face, they're wrong. I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I've spent the last decade defending women's rights as a civil rights attorney."


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