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Who Defends Women Against Campus Rape?
College Doctor Prescribes Guns For Self-Protection
By Richard W. Stevens
Did you know that college women in America face a serious risk of attempted or completed forcible rape? According to a recent Department of Justice study, 3% - 5% of women suffer such sexual crimes each year. Over a four-year period, women stand a chance of at least 1 in 10 of finding themselves confronting an intending rapist.
What can young women do to protect themselves? Dr. Robert J. Woolley, staff physician at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus health clinic, researched the facts and declared:
The best conclusion from available scientific data, then, is when avoidance of rape has failed and one must choose between being raped and resisting, a woman's best option is to resist with a gun in her hands.
Facts of Risk and Defense
Writing in the University of Minnesota Daily in February 20-21, 2001, Dr. Woolley gave the risk data:
- Between 2.8% and 4.9% of college women will suffer attempted or completed rape each year.
- Two-thirds of the rapes occur off-campus, with the majority in housing such as the victim’s residence.
- Classmates and male friends commit 93% of completed forcible rapes and 82% of attempted rapes. The great majority of the attacks occurred in the night hours, most after midnight.
- Only 13% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted rapes occurred on a "date."
Does the victim’s physical resistance stop rape? Dr. Woolley learned:
- Self-defense stops rapists. According to the Department of Justice study, "the intended victim's willingness or ability to use protection might be one reason attempts to rape and coerce sex failed. Note that the most common protective action was using physical force against the assailant."
- Most recent studies using reliable methods consistently show that, on average, victims who use greater force to resist actually lower their risk of completed rape without suffering other physical harm in the process.
- Recent studies confirm earlier findings: Women who resist assault or rape with a gun are "2.5 times more likely to escape without injury" than those who don’t resist. Armed victims studied were " 4 times more likely to escape uninjured than those who resisted with any means other than a gun."
Dr. Woolley summed it up:
Research shows clearly that violent crime rates, including rape, are reduced when more law-abiding citizens carry concealed handguns. And there is no woman less in fear of being raped than one who is skilled in the use of the handgun concealed in her hip holster.
University Fails To Teach or Protect
Does the University of Minnesota where Dr. Woolley works (or its rape prevention unit) tell students these facts? No. Asked Dr. Woolley: "Why would the University unit charged with educating students on rape prevention withhold information on the most effective tool a woman could choose?"
Dr. Woolley pointed out that the school even forbids the use of any force in self-defense, and prohibits possession of firearms. The school’s anti-rape literature never mentions the defensive power of a sidearm. He noted that "the University is not providing a rape-free environment, yet it prohibits a female student from defending herself in the most effective way."
What should be done to protect college women? Dr. Woolley frankly suggests training the women to carry firearms safely and to shoot accurately with frequent practice. Whenever carrying a defensive firearms, the women must stay sober to avoid dangerous situations. Long before an actual attack, the young women must develop the self-defense mindset -- the mental commitment to brandish her sidearm when threatened, and if justifiable and necessary, shoot an attacker.
Help Protect College Women
Use these facts to help young women identify with our right to keep and bear arms. Visit the JPFO website to link to Dr. Woolley’s full-text column. Get our Fall 2000 issue of The Bill of Rights Sentinel containing Sunni Maravillosa’s excellent article "Women and Guns." Order the myth-busting booklet, "Will Gun Control Make You Safer?" Get the Sentinel and the booklet free with membership!
Jump on this opportunity -- using these new facts and tools -- to help young people protect themselves and their rights. And make the gun-prohibitionists explain why young women must not be allowed to use serious force to stop a rape.
Call JPFO at (800) 869-1884 to order materials or join ($20 annual dues, tax deductible). Click on www.jpfo.org. Don’t wait for a tragedy -- act today!
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