well, while are still not getting over the alac ads (for good reason), there is this little gem from the police today, in relation to a vicious sexual assault that happened at a hamilton service station:
Mr Hermann said any sexual assault was horrifying, but the pure callousness of the man's actions had stumped police.
"It's not as though she has put herself in a vulnerable position by say, walking home late at night after a few drinks, where you could consider your chances (of being attacked) are higher. You would think a staff member working early on a Sunday morning would be okay ... we're just appalled."
so, "put herself in a vulnerable position" is the new way of saying she "asked for it". note that the mr hermann in question is a hamilton CIB detective sergeant. i don't want to pick on him in particular, as i suspect this may be a common way of thinking where he works. But there is so much wrong with this statement, and the source it's coming from is pretty scary.
presumably the police know that a significan number of sexual attacks happen to women in their own homes, and are committed by persons known to them. you would think? and a lot of them happen in hotel rooms and and other places that can't be classified as "walking home at night". that information would be available to them, right?? wouldn't it???
but the way he has framed his words makes it sound like walking home late at night is now a crime. putting yourself in a vulnerable position, and thereby wasting valuable police time by pretty much asking to be attacked. naughty women. i wonder if mr hermann has seen the alac ads. i wonder if they have influenced his thinking. because it seriously does sound like it.
so, um, do we make some kind of formal complaint to the police? would it be worth the effort? or maybe it would be better to call mr hermann and have a quiet chat about things. i'd really appreciate some guidance here.