DOD Video Tells Servicemen Who Witness Violent Attacks To Use 'Humor' And 'Dialogue' To Help Victims

March 19, 2013 - 3:18 PM

In a video released on its official Youtube account, originally brought to light by David Stein, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, which is part of the Department of Defense, recommends that bystanders to violent attacks "carefully use humor" to stop them.

The video, which also features a bizarre stylized reenactment of the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine Genovese, was published on February 22, 2013. It is meant to be a "Bystander Intervention Training Video" for military members.

While the training video addresses many different situations where bystander intervention is necessary the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine Genovese is the main example. The nine strategies specifically identified in the video are, therefore, meant to be used even in cases of rape and murder. And those nine strategies, like the recommendations from UCCS that women vomit to avoid rape, are likely to shock many.

The nine strategies that DEOMI recommends bystanders to rape and murder use in order to stop the attack are as follows:

1) Name or Acknowledge the Offense

2) Identify the Obvious

3) Interrupt Behavior

4) Publicly Support Aggrieved Person

5) Use Body Language

6) Carefully Use Humor

7) Encourage Dialogue

8) Ease Strong Feelings

9) Call for Help

Using a firearm or physical force to stop the attacker is conspicuously absent from the DEOMI training video.

This is particularly shocking, given the intended audience of this video: military personnel. And, of course, military personnel are among the best trained in the use of firearms and physical combat in the entire world.

Yet, here is a training institute within the DOD telling military personnel that, in order to stop violent attacks, they should "carefully use humor" or "encourage dialogue," instead of confronting the attacker with a gun. That's not only absurd, it's dangerous.

The absurdity involved here is simply off the charts. I mean, does anybody really believe that the deranged man who raped and murdered Catherine Genovese would've been stopped by a "knock, knock" joke? Would "encouraging dialogue" have prevented the killer from carrying out his attack? Of course not.

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

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