Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the campaign so far. It's been astonishing and encouraging to see so many people unanimously standing up against victim blaming, especially when it comes from authorities we respect and trust.
An NHS spokeperson has said there will be no apology as they “"doesn't see what the problem is". This is frankly offensive to the thousands of victims who are too often made to feel guilty for something that was no fault of theirs.
A Home Office spokesman said the 'Know Your Limits' campaign ran from 2005 to 2007 and focused on alcohol statistics, not violence against women and girls, and said that the Government no longer uses this campaign, nor stocks any copies of the poster.
This is good, but it doesn't go far enough. We want the Home Office and the NHS to send out a firm message to all hospitals, clinics, surgeries, universities, and other premises that received copies of this poster to say that they are no longer allowed to display them.
We want them to openly declare that such victim blaming attitudes are unacceptable and will never again be sanctioned by their departments.
We want them to commit to a positive, pragmatic, and considerate campaign to stop rape culture, to create a culture of consent, and to make victims feel cared for.
The more signatures we can amass, the stronger our case will be. If you believe in an NHS that never blames victims, and Home Office that never threatens drinkers with rape by implication, please keep signing and sharing this petition.
PS If you see the poster please take a photo giving the location and using the hashtag #VictimBlaming