The U.S. Air Force has offered some controversial advice to sexual assault victims.
In a sexual assault prevention and response brochure, the leaflet advises potential victims that, if attacked, “it may be advisable to submit than to resist,” Wired reports. “You have to make this decision based on circumstances.”
“This brochure is just the latest in a long history of failed programs and policies,” Brian Purchia, a spokesman for Protect Our Defenders, the advocacy group that found the brochure, told Wired. "The military’s sexual assault prevention campaigns are rooted in a wrong-headed 1950s paradigm."
The brochure, published for Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., where nearly 10,000 military and civilian personnel work. Sgt. Alexandria Mosness, a public affairs officer at Shaw, told Wired she believes the brochure is current.
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“If you are behind the wheel, steer your vehicle into any object that will create a minor accident in a public/populated area,” is another suggestion the brochure gives if an attacker enters a victim’s car.
If attacked in a parking lot, the brochure suggests “rolling underneath a nearby auto and scream loud. It is difficult to force anyone out from under a car.”
This isn’t the only organization giving unusual advice to potential rape victims.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs advised its students to vomit or urinate on attackers to prevent rape. Another suggestion read, "Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating."
News of the U.S. Air Force’s controversial advice comes a day after the man leading its sexual assault prevention program was arrested on sexual battery charges, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in an Arlington Va., parking lot. He has been removed from his position as chief of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon released a survey that showed that sexual assaults in the armed forces are on the rise. Last year 26,000 people were assaulted, compared with 19,000 in 2010.
“We are not satisfied with where we are at today,” Army Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton said. “This annual report shows that we have a serious problem with sexual assault in our military. Current programs and training are laying the foundation for the culture change required to eradicate sexual assault from the military.”