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UCCS: ‘Urinating, vomiting’ defense web page from 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A webpage from 2006 on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs website sparked outrage on social media Tuesday after it appeared the university was suggesting anyone who was the victim of an attack should vomit or urinate on their attacker as a last line of defense.

The web page had a time stamp of February 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. and appeared to have been posted just hours after the state House passed a bill banning guns on college campuses.

It included a list of ten “last resort” suggestions to stop an attack. Two of them included: “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating,” and “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.”

The advisory made national headlines and went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

However, Tuesday afternoon the university released a statement saying the page was created in 2006 as part of an intensive self-defense program, said university spokesman Tom Hutton.

The page was “supplemental material for women who had completed an internationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense course offered free of charge to UCCS students.”

“The site was not meant for general public consumption,” he added saying “No policy was changed by the university and no advisories were sent to students.”

“This page is not related to the gun control discussions now taking place in the Colorado General Assembly,” Hutton said.

UCCS updated the page Tuesday afternoon adding the university’s statement and removing the ten points of “last resort.”

The advice caused an uproar on social media, and garnered a headline in the International Business Times.

The Democratic-controlled House also passed a bill to ban high-capacity magazines and another requiring universal background checks on Monday. All three bills will have to pass through the Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats, and be signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, also a Democrat, before becoming law.