NHS & Home Office: Remove all copies of this victim blaming poster
  • Petitioning Jeremy Hunt

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Jeremy Hunt
Home Office UK
Theresa May

NHS & Home Office: Remove all copies of this victim blaming poster

    1. Petition by

      Jack May

      Oxford, United Kingdom

Copies of a poster have been sighted on NHS premises as part of the Home Office’s ‘Know your limits’ campaign. The poster reads ”one in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking” -- a blatant and appalling case of victim blaming by our own Government, putting the onus on the victim rather than the perpetrator.

I'm one of the lucky ones. I've never been raped or sexually assaulted, but I know so many who have -- friends, friends of friends, friends of family, and many others - and that's not okay. Like it or not, we live in a society with a rape culture. When horrible crimes like rape or sexual assault happen, those who suffer turn to what they see as trusted authorities -- the NHS for immediate help and the Home Office for justice. That's what makes this poster so hurtful. These two great national institutions betray the trust of the thousands of victims affected every year by blaming them for something they were in no way responsible for. 

Two honourable intentions -- to stop people drinking, and to stop rape happening - are being completely deformed. Of course we don't want people to drink so much they make themselves ill, but threatening them with rape by implication is not the way to do it. Of course we don't want anyone to endure sexual assault and rape, but making them feel like it's their fault if they do, is so far out of order.

It is not consistent with the NHS' own guidelines on 'Help after rape and sexual assault' in which they say 'If you have been sexually assaulted, remember that it wasn’t your fault. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, where you were or whether you had been drinking. A sexual assault is always the fault of the perpetrator.' This is a much more helpful approach, and we ask the NHS and the Home Office to destroy this poster in all formats. 

Recent signatures


    1. The Government must acknowledge their actions #victimblaming

      Jack May
      Petition Organizer

      The astonishing support that over 103,000 of you have shown to our campaign is overwhelming, and so heartening, and I can't begin to thank you enough.

      In spite of back-handed rebuttals by spokespeople from the NHS and the Home Office, there are still posters up, and the poster is still accessible online.

      Please help me keep up the noise on this campaign by sharing the poster on social media. I want to send the NHS and Home Office a simple message - they need to acknowledge that their poster was victim blaming and ensure that it is taken down.

      Just click this link to send your tweet: http://bit.ly/UVY50P

      So far this campaign has made student, local, national, and international news, has been featured on the radio, and has encouraged more support than I had ever imagined. Please join me in continuing to push for real change, real fairness, and real justice.

      Thank you, Jack

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. #VictimBlaming: NHS "doesn't see what the problem is"

      Jack May
      Petition Organizer

      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.

      Thank you.

      PS If you see the poster please take a photo giving the location and using the hashtag #VictimBlaming

      NHS Refuses To Apologise For Controversial Rape Posters Despite 43,000-Strong Petition

      Posted: Print Article The NHS has refused to apologise over a controversial anti-drinking poster which suggests rape is the fault of the victim because it "doesn't see what the problem is". Although the posters were part of a "Know Your Limits" drinking campaign which ran between 2005 and 2007, some surgeries and clinics are still displaying the offensive message.

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Charlotte Mills DUNCTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 hours ago

      Because we need to eradicate the blaming of rape victims for the crime of the rapist. Because 'what was she wearing' or 'was she drunk' shouldn't be the first thing someone says when they hear about rape. Because we should teach people that rape is wrong, not how to protect themselves should it occur.

    • Jessica Wigmore READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 16 hours ago

      Because victim blaming disguises the gravity if these unacceptable crimes.

      • about 17 hours ago

      It's victim blaming. 100% of rapes are down to rapists 100%

    • Leonie Wigmore READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 18 hours ago

      This is disgusting. Teach men not to rape. Stop teaching women how not to get raped.

    • Rachael Horsewood LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 20 hours ago

      I am a victim of rape and no one was drunk! Even if I was , no means no


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