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Some Canadians think women encourage rape when drunk: poll

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Some Canadians still believe that in order to prevent being sexually assaulted, women need to be more careful about what they wear and how much alcohol they consume.

A survey from the Canadian Women’s Foundation suggests one in five Canadians think a woman encourages rape when she is drunk.

Hilla Kerner with the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is outraged by the findings.

“Men know better and I’m not sure that they really need to be told that if a women passes out it means you can rape her. I think men know better and they know not to rape women.”

Many people asked who blamed the victim were between the ages of 18 and 35.

“I think it is very important that men say publicly that ‘We respect women, we respect women’s bodies, we accept full consent before we have a sexual relationship, and we demand that other men do the same,'” insists Kerner.

Vancouver Police have been sending the same message recently, with its “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign.