Some Jerkface Taped A ‘How To Get Away With Rape’ List On A College Bathroom Wall
Some sort of reality troll left a Xeroxed piece of paper including all sorts of helpful rape tips for rapists in a bathroom at Ohio’s Miami University. But hey, you totally shouldn’t worry about this because it only happened in one bathroom and it was “strictly confided to one hall” and this is obvious evidence that rape culture isn’t prevalent on college campuses.
Discovery of the flier last weekend prompted Miami University officials to call a mandatory meeting for male students at McBride Hall. They launched a police investigation that could result in internal disciplinary action for the student responsible if found. Police presence at the dorm was increased.
But there wasn’t an alert sent out to students because it didn’t pose an immediate threat. Barbara Jones, Miami’s vice president for student affairs:
“All of our evidence shows it was confined strictly to McBride Hall,” she said.
She called the flier “reprehensible” and said university officials take student safety seriously.
“I read the flier. I was shocked. It has no place on our campus or any other campus,” she said.
Well.. yeah. But um, is it just me or aren’t they missing a nice big opportunity for having a huge university-wide rape awareness summit? This is sort of like me saying “Well, only one of my kids left the front door unlocked so I don’t have to meet with all the kids to remind them to lock the front door so I can happily just yell at the one kid and ignore this teachable moment for the rest of them.” Except it’s about something a lot more serious, which is, umm.. rape. Especially when you consider the grotesque and alarming rape tips on the list, including:
” practice makes perfect, the more you rape the better you are at it!”
“if your (sic) afraid the girl will identify you slit her throat”
“RAPE RAPE RAPE, its (sic) college boys live it up!!”
Junior Kate Van Fossen, vice present of Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVE), said the university should have notified the student body, told them the behavior was unacceptable and wouldn’t be tolerated at Miami.
“If I wasn’t involved with WAVE I wouldn’t have known about this incident,” Van Fossen said Friday. “The university is brushing this issue … under the rug.”
Kate Van Fossen also notes that the university’s sexual assault prevention coordinator position has been vacant for a year. So in doing her part, because the university officials obviously aren’t, Van Fossen posted the photograph of the list to her Facebook wall.
Kate Von Fossen has every right to be cranky about this. It feels to me like she is simply being patted on the head and told to be happy that school officials had a meeting with the male students in McBride Hall so, well, problem solved. I don’t even have a student at this college and I’m cranky about it.