Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Group Claims Authorship of Poster Saying Reporting Rape Can Be Act of Revenge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Group Claims Authorship of Poster Saying Reporting Rape Can Be Act of Revenge

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Group claims authorship of rape poster

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EDMONTON - The authors of a controversial poster plastered around Edmonton that suggests reporting rape can be an act of revenge are speaking out.

Recently, the Edmonton police service started an advertising campaign called "Don't Be That Guy," which advises that sex without consent constitutes sexual assault.

A group called Men's Rights Edmonton started their own campaign called "Don't Be That Girl," which suggests some women lie about being raped and that rape is over-reported.

The poster depicts attractive young women drinking in the company of young men, and has the caption: "Just because you regret a one-night stand doesn't mean it wasn't consenual."

The University of Alberta ordered the posters be taken down, saying that while free speech is respected the posters violated the school's posting policies.

Men's Rights Edmonton says the poster was meant to provoke discussion about false accusations and double standards.

"Nobody wants to see sexual assault happen, nobody wants to see rape happen, but we have to stop thinking of this as a gender problem," says a member, who would only identify himself as Raz.

"What posters like `Don't be that guy' do is they essentially insert that if men are told not to rape, they rape, which is completely false. …

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