A Hong Kong city official is drawing criticism this week after saying that women can avoid being raped by not drinking so much.

Secretary of Security Lai Tung-kwok appeared at a Fight Crime Committee meeting Tuesday to discuss the soaring rape statistics in Hong Kong, according to Hong Kong's The Standard. Instead of pointing the finger at culprits of sexual assault, Lai suggested women's drinking habits might be to blame.

"All of these (rape) cases happened between those who know each other. They are either friends, close friends or they just met a few hours ago," Lai said during the presentation. "Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much."

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