Fedster + 1,307 Posted March 24, 2019 Share Posted March 24, 2019 The force warned people against going to house parties if they don't know the host as they could be raped. The Party Animal campaign poster tweeted by West Yorkshire Police Date - 22nd March 2019 By - Hermione Wright 3 Comments Amidst a torrent of complaints about victim shaming, a force has pulled a controversial advertising campaign that suggests if a person accepts “free stuff” they could be raped. The Party Animals campaign, tweeted last week, features two photographs – the first, a woman drinking and smoking, and in the second a woman appears distressed as she is followed by three men. View image on Twitter West Yorkshire Police ✔@WestYorksPolice Has your child been invited to a party that they don’t seem to know much about? Have a look at our Party Animals guide for advice on how they can stay safe: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/party-animals 6 6:30 PM - Mar 14, 2019 37 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy The West Yorkshire poster states: “If you are asked to a house party or gathering, offered a lift, promised free drinks or drugs, beware. “Free stuff can come at a very high price. If you don’t know the person whose house it is – don’t go. The price you pay could be rape.” It attracted a deluge of comments from outraged individuals, who branded the campaign “appalling”, “horrific and “inappropriate”. A user even suggested that the attitude could discourage victims from coming forward to report crimes, with others demanding for the post to be deleted. Responding to the backlash, West Yorkshire Police said the campaign - tweeted this week - was actually launched in 2015 by the force, the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. The material was allegedly produced “following consultation with young people’s groups across West Yorkshire”. Of the campaign, the force added: “It was launched to address a then emerging crime type of young people, both girls and boys, being lured to parties through the inducement of free alcohol or drugs by people seeking to sexually assault them. “Given the campaign is four years old and was launched to address a very specific issue at the time, it was felt it was reaching the end of its natural life. “It has now been ended to make way for upcoming campaign work aimed at protect vulnerable people from current threats and crime types.” It is not the first time a force has landed in hot water following material construed as blaming victims for sexual assault and rape, with Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police apologising in August last year for contentious social media posts. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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