2011-12-15 / Local & State

Penna. Liquor Board Pulls Ad

By Kevin Begos

PITTSBURGH (AP) – An ad meant to warn young adults about the links between heavy drinking and rape has been pulled by Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board.

The ad featured an image of a woman’s legs on a bathroom floor with her underwear pulled down to her ankles, and the words: “She didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no.”

Stacey Witalec, a spokeswoman for the Liquor Control Board, said the campaign was trying to bring attention to a serious problem, not suggest rape victims are to blame.

“On an annual basis more than 97,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 are the victims of alcohol-fueled sexual assaults,” Witalec said, “and those statistics are staggering.”

One expert defended the ad.

Jennifer Storm, Executive Director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program in Harrisburg, said “Alcohol is the number one drug used to facilitate rape. You lose your capacity to make sound decisions,” Jennifer Storm said, adding that “we need to empower people with every tool and piece of knowledge we have.”

One blogger on the Web site Jezebel didn’t agree.

“Rape is not just a bad thing that happens to someone after drinking too much,” wrote Erin Gloria Ryan. “It’s a deliberate act on the part of the rapist, a violation of another person committed solely because the rapist wanted to rape. The sooner we acknowledge this, the sooner we’ll be rid of stupid, finger wagging ads like these.”

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