To Prevent Rape, Hong Kong Official Asks Women to Drink Less

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In a picture taken on July 30, 2012, the city's skyline is seen from the peak, a popular touristic spot, in Hong Kong. Between January and June 2012, Hong Kong recorded a total of 22.32 million visitor arrivals, a year-on-year increase of 15.5 percent, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announcement on July 31. Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ

In response to a 60 percent increase in sexual assaults in Hong Kong during the first quarter of 2013, the city’s security secretary urged women to drink less. “Some of these cases … involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol,” Lai Tung-kwok said at a press briefing yesterday, according to The Wall Street Journal. “So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much.” Local women’s groups said the sharp increase may be the result of more women reporting their assaults (the city recently hosted a SlutWalk) and worry that the secretary’s comments will discourage women from continuing to do so, especially when alcohol was involved. It's worked pretty well in other countries.