Raped? PLCB Ad Says Blame Yourself

Did you know that in Pennsylvania, if you are a victim of rape, it’s your fault? We didn’t. Then we saw this ad from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), and now we are better educated.

So, thank you, PLCB, you perpetually-re-elected group of out-of-touch geriatrics from, where else, Pennsyltucky?

If a woman drinks too much, it seems that any man can rape away with vigor and cavalier indifference knowing that it’s not his fault, but hers, because she couldn’t handle her booze.

Here’s an idea: how about you create an ad telling men not to rape women? You know, attack the problem from its source, that sort of thing. The basic approach, however, appears to be just too nuanced for a backwater organization like the PLCB.

And after all, women should be at home baking bread from scratch in ankle-length, hand-sewn dresses, right?

So, if you, a grown woman, chooses to go out with your friends for a few drinks and some scumbag decides to rape you when your second “appletini” starts to kick in, he has every right to do so, because you, the victim, have no rights, as implied by this piece of misogynistic garbage.

Thankfully, after hundreds of complaints and phone calls, the PLCB has removed the ad. In a Philadelphia Weekly article, PLCB spokesperson Stacey Witalec stated, “… due to the number of concerns that we heard about that specific ad, and the victims especially that we heard from talking about how the image … made them feel victimized all over again, we felt it was prudent to pull it.”

I contacted the legal department of the PLCB this morning (before they pulled the ad) and they had no comment. In fact, John Fraker, their go-to guy wasn’t even aware of the ad’s existence. Normally, I’d call “BS” but he genuinely had no idea what I was talking about, which is not surprising for an organization like the PLCB.

“Don’t get high on your own supply” is the Golden Rule for vice-peddlers like the PLCB, but it seems as though they have been hitting the sauce pretty hard over there these days.

And that’s just bad for business.

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