Dallas PD Chief’s Solution for Date Rape: Women Quit Drinking

Back in the day, I covered my fair share of government meetings – county, city, school board, the occasional state lege committee meeting. So I don’t envy Andrea Grimes at the Dallas Observer one bit when she has to go cover these meetings. There’s a reason they don’t sell tickets and concessions at these things: Nobody wants to go.

But yesterday, in the course of live-blogging the Public Safety committee meeting, she had to have sat straight up, I’m guessing, just from her account of Chief David Brown going through recent crime statistics. Rape, he said, was up nearly 25 percent.

That’s a lot of rape.

So council member Delia Jasso asks about it. And here comes the really sit up in your seat and ask, “Did he just say…”

I’ll let Andrea take over the narrative now:

The answer, unfortunately: More rapes, says Chief Brown, specifically date rapes. And we all know what the solution to date rape is: getting women to stop drinking, because that is what causes date rape. Not dudes raping women, but women drinking.

“We’re needing to create a message to the victims of this type of crime, related to, you know, someone you don’t know that well, you having a little bit too much to drink,” explains Chief Brown, suggesting women, “have your friends watch you” if you intend to drink in front of a man.

So date rape solved? Don’t drink if you have two x chromosomes. Forget the fact that the drunk cannot consent to sex, and nonconsensual sex = rape.

I’m sure glad we cleared that up.

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