Air Force pulls sexual assault prevention brochure in South Carolina

The Associated PressJuly 9, 2013 

— The Air Force has pulled a brochure circulated at a South Carolina base after a lawmaker complained about some objectionable advice to sexual assault victims such as submitting to an attack rather than resisting.

New York Rep. Louise Slaughter on Tuesday released a copy of a letter she received from the Pentagon informing her of the Air Force’s decision to withdraw the brochure from Shaw Air Force Base. The Pentagon said in the letter that it shared some of the lawmaker’s concerns about some of the brochure’s material.

The brochure contained some common-sense recommendations, such as checking around a car before entering and using dead-bolt locks and peepholes when home alone.

The brochure said circumstances should dictate whether to submit to an attack rather than resist.


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