University of Colorado Advises Women to Urinate and Vomit on Attackers
As state legislatures across the country continue to debate whether guns should be allowed on college campuses in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, the passing of one such law in Colorado has lead to one of its universities offering some self-defense alternatives that have been raising a few eyebrows.
When Colorado’s House Bill 1226 was passed on Monday, effectively banning all concealed firearms on any Colorado college, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs reportedly updated their public safety page instructing women on what to do if attacked, including advising students to “vomit or urinate” on any attacker, and to tell their attacker that they “have a disease or are menstruating.”
The full list:
What To Do If You Are Attacked
These tips are designed to help you protect yourself on campus, in town, at your home, or while you travel. These are preventative tips and are designed to instruct you in crime prevention tactics.
- Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
- Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
- Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
- Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
- If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
- Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
- Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
- Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
- Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
- Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
These tips reportedly come from the University of Colorado’s Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD Systems) course, which carries this description from the university:
Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD Systems) is a hands-on, women only self defense and risk reduction education program designed to teach women realistic ways to defend and protect oneself from sexual and abductive assaults. RAD is an international organization of certified law enforcement instructors.
Reactions to these 10 tips has spread virally since Monday, and has given rise to a new twitter hashtag, #UCCSTips , with others offering similarly bizarre methods of resisting an attack.
The University of Colorado’s spring RAD Systems course has been tentatively cancelled.
UPDATE – 2/20/2013:
The University of Colorado has responded to the controversy surrounding the page in question.