Here's some terrifying news for the Halloween Beat: A flyer titled "Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape" was found in a men's bathroom at a Miami University co-ed dorm. The whole thing is so fucking vile, and includes tips and tricks like, "5. sex with an unconscious body does count so don't back down if shes [sic] sleeping," and "7. If your [sic] afraid the girl might identify you slit her throat." Wow.
The university responded by calling a mandatory meeting for male students in the dorm, increasing police presence, launching a police investigation, and if the responsible student is found, promising internal disciplinary action. Uh, that better be code for kicking his ass the fuck out.
Still, Junior Kate Van Fossen, vice president of student-run Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVE), says that isn't enough at a school with 27 reported sexual assaults from 2009 to 2011, 19 of them alleged to have happened in dorms.
If I wasn't involved with WAVE I wouldn't have known about this incident," Van Fossen said Friday. "The university is brushing this issue … under the rug.
The university, however, seems to thinks this is just the issue of a dorm gone rogue and not a sign of a bigger problem.
Barbara Jones, Miami's vice president for student affairs, said the incident didn't merit sending out an alert to students because it didn't pose an immediate threat.
"All of our evidence shows it was confined strictly to McBride Hall," she said.
That's kinda like the people who pretend that the watermelon-sized growth on their elbow is just a very specific type of weight gain and are all, "Don't look over here, nothing to see!" and then one day they wake up dead. It's kinda like that, right? Relatedly, according to Cincinnati.com, Miami University's sexual assault prevention coordinator position has sat unfilled for a year. Nope, no festering tumor here, everybody move on!
Miami U flier: 'Top ten ways to get away with rape' [Cincinnati.com]