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Acquaintance rape is very common in colleges and very rarely do cases get reported leading colleges to believe their methods of stopping the epidemic have worked when in fact it has just moved further into the darkness. Cases where colleges do not acknowledge rape on their campus has also disheartened rape victims wishing to reach out but in fear their voices won't be heard.
Contributed by Brielle Oliver
I'm sorry, the correct answer was "never." This is absolutely terrifying. Not only are we fostering a culture that allows males to believe that rape is EVER ok, but we are allowing WOMEN to believe that there are circumstances in which it is acceptable for a man to "hold [her] down and physically force her to have sex." That second column of responses says more about the culture of sexual assault in this country than anything I've ever seen.
Contributed by Tori Griffin
I was raped a few days before my 21st birthday by a friends friend which gave me gonorrhea. It happened out of nowhere and I felt helpless. I felt like killing the man the took my innocence from me. But he wasnt worth going to prison for. If I were to be in prison I couldnt raise my son or go to medical school to become a PA. Since my rape I can talk to people about it and it could help the next person if thry went through what I went through.
Contributed by Sade Izundu
I have lost faith in humanity again, as I tend to do biweekly. So after getting on a google tangent from a reading for Women Gender and Sexuality Class, I reached this amplified thought, that I've had many a time before, but I felt like posting it: May whatever deity exists be with the countless women who have been raped, gang-raped, and killed by soldiers. Soldiers, as in U.S. soldiers who fought beside them. Soldiers, as in those who were sent to protect them. In Vietnam, in WWII, in the current War in Afghanistan, in countless wars throughout history. Soldiers from any country, not just the United States of America. How can this world be real. Most disturbingly, this is just the surface -- how often does it happen every day? How many jokes are told about something so utterly heart shredding. How many lives ruined. Then the dialogue is, well, then don't let women into "all areas" of the military (read: don't give them legitimacy and honors for the work they've already done). I'll say it once, I'll say it again. Let's not tell victims to be safe. Let's tell humans to not rape other humans. The real pain is in the aftermath -- the silent acceptance, the reduced sentences, the honor still bestowed, the disregard of trauma, the rejection of a suit. Then I thought of the wider picture: the Klu Klux Klan's gang rapes of black women, immigrant women, the constant litany of college campus cases and dismissals, the immigrants, the marginalization of women in general, Delhi. The fact is, it happens. This is really real. It's happening. 17, 19, 21, 6, 3, -- it could be me, it has been people I know -- Heck, if reincarnation exists, it could be all of us a million times over.
Contributed by Empriś Durden