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Campus rape all too common

Published: Sat, November 16, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.: Rape on our college campuses is not an occasional thing. National studies, including the Department of Justice-funded Campus Sexual Assault Study, have concluded that 1 in 5 women who attend college is raped — or at least subjected to an attempted rape — during their years at school.

Alexandra Forni, a Northern Illinois University student and Cary-Grove High School alumna, had been researching the topic of campus sexual assaults and was shocked at seeing that statistic in study after study.

According to the respondents in the Campus Sexual Assault Study, 40 percent of the women who were raped contracted sexually transmitted diseases. Eighty percent of them later suffered chronic physical or psychological conditions. The study also cited that women who are raped are 13 times more likely to commit suicide than those who are not.

Campus rapes are usually perpetrated on women who are incapacitated by alcohol (sometimes by drugs), and they are committed more often than not by men they know and trust.

Risky situations

Binge drinking messes with one’s judgment and reduces the ability to detect risky situations and resist unwanted advances. It’s important to note that while alcohol often plays a role in campus rapes, the victim never should be blamed.

Young men should be taught that it’s their responsibility to determine whether a woman has consented to sex or is capable of doing so. And that a woman who’s incapacitated by alcohol cannot legally consent to it. Being drunk yourself is no excuse.


1andersonathan(683 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

One thing to consider is almost all Universities have a campus police force. Mostly for security issues and not major crimes. Even in the public eye campus police is sometimes kinda snickered at. Although this does not excuse the fact that rapes happen. I think campus Police must take in the seriousness of the crime or crime reported. I know YSU takes it serious, And Akron U. does, but I can not say all do. maybe when a few so called men start doing the perp walk in court and spend their 20's in prison and something goes from o to O. It might paint a picture that even drunk or high no means no and passed out means no also.

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