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Campus Rape: Too Often Education Officials Do Nothing About It

March 4, 2010
A 15th-century illustration by Vecellio.
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Ah the story on NPR about campus rape brings up many women’s rage:  men discussing how a woman might be to blame for rape.  I have read both NPR reports on campus rape, and I think that the most important is the piece that details how myths about campus rape interfere with prosecution of rape, but the other piece about a student at Holy Cross, with the commentator named Martin sounds like advice from the Dark Ages of sexual assault prevention:  what responsibility does a woman take for rape?  The simple answer? None.

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  1. March 4, 2010 11:28 pm

    The double standard for rape v. other violent crimes is ridiculous. If I walk into a “bad” neighborhood wearing “nice” clothes and then get brutally mugged and beaten to within an inch of my life, am I to blame for my attack? Does it make the attack excusable in some way? I would hope not. Same with rape. Doesn’t matter if she’s been drinking. Doesn’t matter if she was dancing provocatively or flirting with some guy. If she doesn’t give consent, it’s rape, and it’s the guy committing rape. The rapist is the one raping.

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      March 10, 2010 1:56 pm

      Thank you! I agree totally! This concept of blaming the victim allows men to act like animals–no regard for emotion or relationships whatsoever. Oh wait, animals don’t rape, so what does that make men who brutalize women? There is the assumption that men don’t need to be accountable for their actions, and women are somehow blamed for the violent actions of another person. Craziness, I agree.

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