Regarding the Sept. 14 news article “Student says she was sexually assaulted by UNC football player”: Recently, a female student at N.C. State was sexually assaulted in a residence hall. The UNC survivor just held a news conference because no charges have been filed, and the district attorney claims the case is still under investigation
An NCSU campus police crime warning stated that, “Alcohol and drugs are often used by assailants to make someone vulnerable to sexual assault.”
When are we going to stop blaming the victim for being raped because she was intoxicated? We need to send the message that a lack of “no” does not mean “yes.” If someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, she is not capable of consenting to sex, and that is an automatic “no.”
I am sick of hearing about universities covering up sexual assaults because that kind of news impacts reputations and donations. I am disgusted that rapists are not being prosecuted or receive a minimal sentence or even probation for a violent sexual assault. We need legislation and a culture change that begins with a loud and clear message to men, and we need to hold universities accountable when they protect the assailant and re-victimize the survivor.
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