It’s a good thing I’m on my couch instead of a desk today, because I would be temped to slam my head down repeatedly after reading this story.

There have been at least 10 unsolved sexual attacks in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, which is a haven for upper middle class liberals and Yuppie families. Thus, the NYPD is out in full force patrolling the area. Good thing (I wish we got the same courtesy here in Bed Stuy, but that’s another article for another day). However, the Wall Street Journal reports that women are being told to avoid wearing shorts and short skirts in order to protect themselves from a potential assault. Bad thing. VERY bad thing.

The WSJ quotes a woman who says she and two other women were stopped by an officer earlier this week and told that their shorts and dresses provided “easy access” for the suspect. “He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?'” she recalled. “He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin.” He added “you’re exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting.”

In an emailed response to inquiries about what NYPD officers were saying to women regarding attire, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne stated “Officers are not telling women what not to wear—there’s a TV series that does that. They are simply pointing out that as part of the pattern involving one or more men that the assailant(s) have targeted women wearing skirts.”

*Deep sigh*

Got to love a society that teaches women “don’t get raped” as opposed to teach people not to be rapists. Its not at all ironic that the much-debated SlutWalk will take place in Manhattan this Saturday. You know, considering that women are hit with BS “advice” like this all the time and it’s no coincidence that this noted incident happened just before the protest. More evidence that there needs to be a lot more conversation about why women are assaulted and harassed, because far too many folks still don’t get it.

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