Regarding John Drescher’s Sept. 20 column “ Freshmen women targeted” about the “red zone” for freshmen women: The zone is the time between the beginning of their first semester and Thanksgiving, when they are most likely to be plied with alcohol and raped by their fellow students. Let’s not sanitize this by calling it “assault.”
I am horrified that such a phenomenon exists on college campuses. I am even more disturbed by how we talk about it. Almost always, we focus on two things: how college administrators handle these rapes and how girls can avoid them.
These are important issues, but we are missing the big question that should be keeping us up at night: What are we teaching our sons at home that so many of them think it’s OK to get a girl drunk and take from her what she would not give willingly? We are talking about a demographic – college students – who more likely than not come from homes with engaged parents who care about their educations.
How are we failing to teach our boys this fundamental lesson about treating women with decency? How can we do better?
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Kristin Collins, Raleigh