Yale Student: 'I Was Raped' - Rape is startlingly common on U.S. college campuses and rapists do get away with their crimes...
YALE STUDENT: 'I WAS RAPED'
By Nathan Harden - Fix Editor The College Fix thecollegefix.com June 12, 2014
The topic of rape on college campuses is all over the media recently. There are two opposing views out there at the moment, generally speaking. The first view is that rape isn't as big of a problem as it is sometimes made out to be, instead statistics are inflated and confused by the ambiguities of "drunk sex" and the sex-with-near- strangers norm of the college hookup culture, and, in some cases, hyped, up by politically-motivated feminists who show little concern for the due process rights of young men who may be falsely accused. The second view is that there is an epidemic of rape on campus and that victims are often denied justice, criminals walk away free, while an indifferent society ends up blaming the victims.
Both of these views, opposite though they may be, have an element of truth in them. As someone who has written quite a bit about sexual assault on campus and about the college sexual culture in general, I often find myself caught in the middle between these two sides, which too often seem to take an all-or-nothing approach to the argument. Feminists, for example, are almost never willing to admit something as simple as the fact that when two people get drunk, consent can become a much more murky question by the time the two wake up the next morning. Conservatives, on the other hand, sometimes sound as if they believe rape almost never happens on campus.
The truth of the matter, I believe, lies between these two extremes. Rape is startlingly common on college campuses and rapists do get away with their crimes far too often. But on-campus rape is made more prevalent by the rampant abuse of inhibition-lowering alcohol, and by the fact that the modern hookup culture has radically transformed sexual expectations among casual acquaintances -- two factors that do a lot to muddy the lines of sexual consent. Anyone who points this out is at risk of being castigated for "blaming the victim."