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Bars must help women: group

‘HAD IT COMING’:A survey found a majority of respondents believe drunk women bore the responsibility if they were raped, the Garden of Hope Foundation said

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Nightclubs and bars have a role to play in helping to prevent men picking up drunk or unconscious women and taking them elsewhere to rape, the Garden of Hope Foundation said.

The call for a more woman-friendly nightclub scene has been prompted by a slew of alleged rapes.

In a questionnaire conducted by the National Sun Yat-sen University College of Social Science’s Survey Center, commissioned by the foundation, a majority of respondents said they believe women who get drunk in public “had it coming” for them if they were raped, the foundation said.

Of the respondents, 53 percent had a bad impression of women who drink publicly and 90 percent said that such women cast a negative image on women in general.

Seventy percent of females polled felt nightclubs were unfriendly toward women, with 65 percent of them agreeing that nightclubs could be made more friendly and more cooperation was needed between nightclub owners and the police.

The foundation said that blaming women helped absolve men of the responsibility.

It said there was a danger that the public was condoning men’s behavior in “hunting” drunk women, adding that bars and nightclubs should establish a safe zone for women, who should be able to retain the right to drink and return home safely.

The questionnaire was conducted between Feb. 26 and Wednesday, gathering 500 valid responses across both genders from 18 to 60 years of age.

The questionnaire had a margin of error of plus or minus-4.4 percentage points.

According to a report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily, four nightclub owners in central Taipei — Room 18, Luxy, box Nightclub and Woobar — have agreed to make their venues more friendly to their female customers.

Luxy said it had stepped up training for its staff to be on the lookout for customers trying to force their attention on others, adding that it would complete the installation of a lounge for drunken female customers in one or two months.

Room 18 said it had a security station at the entrance and would videotape male customers with their identification to help police identify a suspect, in the event that an unconscious female is taken from the club by a man.

The club has a very spacious women’s restroom, with sofa seats, so women may sit and rest in there, the club said.

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