Xiaomei is quite insistent that it is useless, has said so forcefully.Healergirl, I really need you to stop putting words in my mouth.
I don't bother defending reeducation because others on this thread make such a very good case for it that I feel I would be rpeaching to the choir.
I defend SA because it is something we as individuals can do. Reeducation is a response on a broader social and organizational level, SA is a response on the grassroots individual level.
I defend SA because the study saying it does not work flies in the face of directly observed predator/prey early stage interaction.
I defend SA because it is so damn useful for so many things other than the narrow focus of rape prevention.
And doing away with Victim blaming... I couldn't agree more. Rape is unique. It is the only crime that attaches the burden of sin to the victim - literally in the case of current Sharia law, and not that long ago in the West - and makes excuses for the rapist. But reeducation is a long term process, it will take years, perhaps decades to have the impact we want it to have. How do we deal with the rapists of today? By being aware of our surroundings. By not getting drunk in public, stoned in public - my God, Xiaomei's insistence that Alcohol consumption has no influence on rape is mind boggling!
I directly attacked your claim that rapists rape
because of alcohol/drugs/psychological disorders. Being under the influence of alcohol doesn't okay someone's criminal actions. Or are you doing the Mel Gibson defense? Alcohol magically made him an antisemite, just like alcohol magically makes people rapists, right? It wasn't the mindset that he or rapists already had, I'm so sure. Rapists do not rape simply because they drink alcohol.
And you act like reeducation is some long term thing. You're the one throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It doesn't have to take decades if it's effective. Again, look at lynching- while yes there were/are some high profiles cases past 1945 there was an incredible downfall within just a few years, because of a concentrated effort in changing society
. So why can't we do the same with rape? You're acting like because it is so impossible, so gargantuan, when it's fucking not. Maybe if you did any anti-rape work you would realize that. But you are so easily able to focus on situational awareness. Guess what? Most the people I know who have been raped KNOW SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. That doesn't stop their family members or significant others from fondling them as they sleep, or coercing (which has been ignored in this discussion! five nos and one yes does not mean yes) them into having sex.
And I still find problem with focusing on situational awareness. You say there is no cost, but there is. It takes time and effort from telling people not to rape. Even now the focus is STILL on people being ~aware~ of their surroundings instead of how to tell people not to rape.
ETA: I find it really offensive that you think Situational Awareness is the only grassroots level thing that people can do. You do a disservice to all the people who run anti-rape campaigns, who start in their own communities, in their schools, in their cities.