Rape and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

rape and sexual assault

Too much or not enough emphasis?


 
Cathy Young has a pretty interesting article in the Washington Post on the culture of rape and sex assault on college campuses. It is highly worth the read, even though I disagreed with some of what she said, and per usual the comments are illuminating as to where we are as a society concerning speech on topics protected by anonymity.
 

College Administration

I believe it should be taken entirely out of the process of rape and sexual assault on campus. If you’re a student who is raped, call the cops. Do not call the university, your RA, or your friend. Call the police and have a rape kit done. If you can identify your attacker, do it. Have them arrested and processed within the legal system.
 
No college administrator should have any say in what happens when criminal acts are committed; but especially rape, as colleges will never be properly setup to adjudicate it. If someone is found guilty in a court of law of any crime, that is the basis for a code of ethics violation for which the university should only then be involved.
 

All Feminists

It’s always unfortunate when headlines say things like “feminists want us to…” because it gives off the impression that the entire feminist movement believes whatever statement follows the word “feminist”. It would be like saying “Christians think gays are the devil and should be killed” when obviously only somme Christians believe it.
 
The idea that women should have a say in sex is fairly new considering how long humans have been around. We’re still struggling to figure out how it works. Maybe the pendulum is swinging too far the other direction, but will swing back. Human sexuality, like human decency, can be fluid and mysterious.
 
We need to be careful that our efforts to facilitate rape prosecution do not overreact. Nonetheless, when society reaches the point where everyone agrees that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies, then we can talk about overreach in the name of women’s rights.
 

Rape and Sexual Assault

About 40% of rapes go unreported. There is inherent difficulty in successfully prosecuting rape when it involves acquaintances because the event typically occurs without witnesses. That’s a reality with which the legal system struggles. Given the need to allow the accused to confront their accusers, women are inevitably asked questions rape survivors would find traumatic. It is only reasonable to support efforts to assist women in reporting rape and to make the investigative and trial process as fair as possible.
 

Men

Only about 2% of rape claims are false.. Ever since Rolling Stone botched Journalism 101, talk about rape denial and victim-blaming (“responsibility”) has run rampant among certain segments of the male population. While there are overzealous responses to rape and sexual assault, this is no reason to deny that sexual assault is a problem that has been swept under the rug too long.

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