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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Bungled [national] reporting doesn't negate seriousness of campus rape crisis"

Some quotes from an editorial today in the $$$ Bloomington Herald-Times:

According to a report from the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 20 and 25 percent of women in higher education institutions are victims of completed or attempted rape during their college careers. Nine in 10 of those victims knew their offender. Thirty-five percent of the attempted rapes and 12.8 percent of the completed rapes happened during a date. And less than 5 percent of the sexual assaults are reported to police.

It happens at Indiana University. A Washington Post analysis of federal crime data from 2012 noted the highest number of forcible sex offenses reported to authorities was 56 at Penn State. The University of Michigan was second at 34; Harvard was third at 31; and IU-Bloomington was fourth at 27.

IU’s campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, has published some very dramatic stories about the issue this week. Two female students went public in opening up to the IDS about the details of being raped and the aftermath of their experiences. [ILB: See also this IDS editorial from 12/8/14] * * *

IU spells out its definition of consent on the website stopsexualviolence.iu.edu. It couldn’t be more clear:

“Consent is agreement or permission expressed through affirmative, voluntary words or actions that are mutually understandable to all parties involved.” It can be withdrawn at any time. It cannot be coerced or compelled by duress, threat or force. It cannot be assumed based on silence. It cannot be given by someone asleep, unconscious or impaired through the effects of drugs or alcohol.

Both men and women need to understand that. They need to respect that.

When they don’t, it’s not just that mistakes get made. Crimes are committed. Lives are ruined. And a culture of sexual violence continues.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 10, 2014 10:09 AM
Posted to Indiana Government