(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — An updated advisory on the website of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers female students new tactics to fend off rapists, including vomiting, urinating and telling an attacker they have a disease.
The new recommendations came Monday evening, hours after the Colorado House passed a package of gun safety bills, including one that would ban the concealed carrying of guns on college campuses.
The 10-point list, which also includes conventional advice such as screaming and biting, is taught in a self defense class for female students at the school, according to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Department of Public Safety website.
The list comes just days after Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar said on the floor of the legislature that women should not carry firearms for protection against potential attacks because they could accidentally shoot someone.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at,” Salazar said. “And you don’t know if you feel like you’re going to be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”
House Republicans rebuked Salazar for his comments.
“Questioning a woman’s judgment over whether or not she is about to be raped is insensitive and insulting to women everywhere,” Republican State Rep. Polly Lawrence said in a statement posted on the House Republicans website.
In a statement provided to ABC News, Salazar said he was “deeply sorry.”
“The words I said near the end of a 12-hour debate are not reflective of the point I was trying to make,” he said. “I am a husband and father of two girls. I care deeply about their safety, and I would never question a woman’s ability to discern a threat. My larger point was about how more guns on campus don’t mean you’re more safe. I used a bad example. Again, I’m sorry.”
The gun bills will now move to the state senate for a vote.
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