Why the Rape Whistle?
When we began She’s Against Rape, we considered various options but decided that Rape Whistle was the best solution. Amongst the things we eliminated were Martial arts classes for women, pepper spray and other offensive forms of self defense. We feel that these solutions are of limited use and have the potential to backfire.
The rape whistle cannot backfire since it cannot be used against the victim in any way. There is no time wasted in learning how to use the whistle because it’s simple, unlike learning a martial art which requires training and practice. Even in situations where the whistle is snatched from the victim, it’s difficult to turn it off unless the offender knows the position of the off button (at the back). Another thing that the rape whistle does is that it makes the community accountable. If someone hears the siren and chooses to ignore it, it is different from just turning a blind eye and is much harder on their conscience.
As a woman of our country, you must understand the responsibility that comes along with owning a rape whistle. The whistle aims to give you the power to ask for help. If you abuse this power, and the whistle is blown needlessly, it will lose its meaning and the only one who will lose out from this misuse is you. Therefore you must be responsible and know that the effectiveness of this project lies in your own hands – we can try and give you the means to defend yourselves but not the discretion you need to use them.