Un. Be. Liev. Able. Full article, here. Apparently, the good-old, tried and true, guaranteed to get the rapist to piss himself method of pulling a pistol by a well-trained and CPL possessing woman is out of vogue. Well, as we’re not ‘slaves to fashion’ here, we’ll stick with teaching the old, more effective ways. Just sayin’.
A couple excerpts:
“One of the biggest viral stories on social media last week was a laughably idiotic Finnish “how to” video that ostensibly demonstrates the proper way for women to defend themselves against rapists. The video, produced by state-run broadcaster Yle, reveals the top three police-certified methods that women should use against an attacker: “No,” “Push,” and “Handbag.””
“In June 2012, Capt. Yolanda Y. Reagans became DEOMI’s first black female commandant. And in January 2013, DEOMI debuted an instructional video that has to be seen to be believed. Titled “Bystander Intervention Training,” the video introduced Americans to the nine points of “nonviolent action” that can stop a murderer or rapist cold in his tracks. Forget guns. Forget knives. Forget karate, pepper spray, or even Finnish handbags. These nine government-approved courses of action are all anyone needs (or should be allowed to use) in response to a rape or murder in progress.
The video opens with a startlingly brutal cartoon re-creation of the murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, the 28-year-old woman whose rape and murder in a Queens neighborhood in 1964 sparked national soul-searching after it was reported that neighbors ignored her cries for help. Genovese was stabbed repeatedly in the back by a stranger named Winston Moseley, who then raped her as she lay dying. Moseley was a serial killer and necrophiliac whose “thing” was to stab a woman and rape her as she bled out. Ideally, he’d try to climax at the moment his victim passed.
I’ll admit, initially I was baffled that a government-led agency, one commanded by a black Obama appointee, would choose to dramatize the Genovese murder. Genovese was white, Moseley was black, and the “cartoon” doesn’t hide that fact. In retrospect, I think I understand why the Genovese case was chosen, but I’ll get to that later.
After dramatizing the Genovese murder, the video presents the nine nonviolent actions that one should take if confronted by a rapist/murderer/necrophiliac like Moseley. Here are the nine points, verbatim. No, this is not satire:
(1) Name or Acknowledge the Offense
(2) Identify the Obvious
(3) Interrupt Behavior
(4) Publicly Support the Aggrieved Person
(5) Use Body Language
(6) Carefully Use Humor
(7) Encourage Dialogue
(8) Ease Strong Feelings
(9) Call for Help
The video’s narrator, a young “woman of color” who initially appears in civilian clothing only to morph into full uniform at the video’s end (damn, I should have said “spoiler alert”), explains that although “assault or rape” is the first thing that comes to mind when “bystander intervention” is involved, these strategies can also be used to combat “harassment, hazing, or discrimination in its infancy.” As ludicrous as the Finnish video is, this one is a hundred bad miles of worse. “Humor”? “Body language”? “Dialogue”? “Easing strong feelings”? In the face of an attack by someone like Winston Moseley? At least the Finnish video allows the victim to touch the prospective rapist. The Department of Defense video prohibits any physical contact. Because of course any serial-killing necrophiliac rapist will respond well to “humor.” I’m surprised the video didn’t come with an accompanying book of jokes to help break the ice.”