Gun Control Bill: Rep. Joe Salazar’s Comments on Avoiding Rape Draw Ire- Colorado College Advises Vomiting or Urinating to Stop Rapists

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Sameera Ehteram
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Department of Public Safety updated an online statement advising female students to consider a variety of unusual actions if they are attacked, including vomiting, urinating and claiming that they are menstruating.

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Department of Public Safety updated an online statement advising female students to consider a variety of unusual actions if they are attacked, including vomiting, urinating and claiming that they are menstruating.

They have since removed the statement from their site apologizing for inconvenience caused.

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The statement was put up on Monday evening, just hours after the Colorado State House of Representatives passed a package of gun control bills that made it illegal for people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on the campuses of public universities. The bills still have to go to the state Senate and governor. 

Advice ranged from running away without looking back to yelling, hitting or biting the attacker or to tell the attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating, and even vomiting or urinating to “convince the attacker to leave you alone."

Rep. Joe Salazar said”Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. 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 around at somebody.”

Needless to say the comments drew the ire of a number of conservative pundits, as well as several Republican Colorado lawmakers who were offended by the insinuation that would-be rape victims should rely on rape whistles and safe zones rather than arm themselves against potential attackers.

It also triggered a barrage of criticism online.

This is what the text went like before it was removed from the site:

What To Do If You Are Attacked

These tips are designed to help you protect yourself on campus, in town, at your home, or while you travel.  These are preventative tips and are designed to instruct you in crime prevention tactics.

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."

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