Campus should treat rape seriously

A lot of things stand out about Miami University: its educational status, which is among some of the most prestigious schools in the nation, and its famous aesthetic are just a few. Other aspects of Miami include its wide variety of majors and minors to choose from, its thorough list of required courses and the fact that, for each month of this semester, a girl has reported being sexually assaulted on campus. At the root of the problems that sexual assault and rape pose is rape culture, a popular phrase nowadays. It is used to describe an environment where society normalizes rape based on attitudes about gender and sexuality. It includes thing such as victim-blaming, slut-shaming and trivializing sexual assault (by, for instance, making a rape joke). Some say that the term “rape culture” is overused; more specifically, Wendy McElroy, author of “Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women” writes that “social justice warriors are creating hysteria about a non-existent rape culture in order to impose a specific ideology.” This might apply if we were only evaluating the United States. But if we expand our line of vision to the rest of the world, we can begin to understand why our population needs to be educated on rape culture and what our reality would be like if it wasn’t a well-known term across our country....

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