In the Everyday Feminism blog “3 reasons why 'if I ever met a rapist, I’d punch him' isn’t helpful," Ginny Brown writes about while the intention is good, these kinds of statements do more harm than good. She says:
We have all met a rapist
Saying “if I ever met a rapist,” perpetuates the idea that rapists are somehow identifiable and women should know one when they see one, but in reality rapists are indistinguishable from everyone else.
Rapists often don't think of their actions as rape
I If someone forces another person to have sex without their consent, that person is a rapist. It doesn’t matter what the person who rapes calls his own behavior;what matters is the action.
Threatening to harm rapists doesn’t necessarily help survivors
Better to find out what a survivor needs to heal than assuming punching out a rapist is what she needs.
For the full article, check out Brown’s blog here.