Rape stole my belief in myself and left in its wake a corpse lying in a heap on an unmade bed. Rape took away the little girl I loved and put an actor in her place.
People already knew Syracuse has plenty of school spirit, parties and fun events before the ranking. That's not what would discourage prospective students from applying. As a young woman, I would place more importance on finding a school that takes sexual assault seriously.
As parents we send young folk to college to grow and learn. Naiveté and alcohol lay in wait as tinder for trouble. It's important to understand this and examine it, and find ways to stem it so that there are less victims and less young men whose futures have been derailed by an ill-advised, momentary capitalization on impulse.
Charming and funny, he was also entirely unassuming. He got good grades, had lots of friends. He was a talented artist and student. He was also a dude who raped me. The fact that he's sweet and loves his mom doesn't change the fact that he had sex with me against my will.
These high achievers who are committed to academic excellence, community service and leadership are the dreamers who imagine what they want society to look like and will put in the time to create it.
If we don't address these intersecting identities and the fact that sexism, racism, classism and the like are within our rainbow bubble, we are hurting the very members of our community that we proclaim we are fighting to protect.
This author places most of the blame for rape on "drinking to blackout," and he wants universities to watch over "weak" women who get preyed on by rich frat boys -- instead of recognizing that full responsibility lies with students who rape.
Using the word rape out of context needs to stop. It's like saying the n-word, labeling something as "so gay" or cracking a Holocaust joke. There are things you just don't say because they're offensive and not funny. "Rape" is one of those things, and we need to start drilling that into our brains.
Recently, journalists from across the country have rushed to defend campus rapists and allowed men's rights activists to successfully infiltrate op-ed columns. For those of us who are survivors of sexual assault, we haven't been nearly as lucky.
Moving forward, when a sexual assault is reported on a college campus, it is investigated thoroughly and quickly, with an outside party overseeing the procedure. The outside party could be local law enforcement or a federal agency.
While this particular column of Will's was offensive and inaccurate, that doesn't mean the St. Louis Dispatch was right, or even wise, to discontinue running his column in general. Debate and discussion are what have helped bring much of the long and ongoing mistreatment of victims by school administrations to light.
Student activist groups suggest that we should be skeptical of the number of assaults that universities track and they are frustrated with the denial and minimization of the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.
The crisis of sexual assault on campus is very real, but likely not what you understand it to be. Some parents have conveniently brushed-off what has tragically escalated to a weekly flow of news stories about a rape at this college or that college.
It is becoming more and more clear that "sensitivity training" and the like are not without value, but they barely scratch the surface.
Being an empowered bystander is one way to begin to change the numbers. It could mean positively impacting the course of someone's life. Unfortunately, sexual assault and rape can and does happen. Fortunately, every individual has the capability to change the statistics if they just step in.
I wonder, George, how it feels to have mocked the story of a woman who was raped by a friend whom she asked not to have sex with her?