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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 73 percent of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a non-stranger, 38 percent of rapists are friends or acquaintances and 28 percent are intimate partners.
The term “rape culture” is being used more and more frequently in social media, public conversation and even the mainstream news media.
The University of La Verne’s One In Three club held “Take Back The Night” last Friday, an event on campus aimed to speak out against and raise awareness of sexual assault.
Last week the White House released a video titled “1 is 2 Many,” an anti-rape public service announcement plainly explaining what rape really is and how men need to stop it. The video features President Barrack Obama and Vice President Biden, along with actors Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell.
The Army promoted Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. as director of program analysis and evaluation for an Army deputy chief of staff while he had been previously suspended and rebuked for mishandling sexual assault accusations against a colonel.
Claremont Police have a suspect in connection with the home invasion and rape of a 12-year-old girl, which happened nearly a month ago.
On Dec. 7, 2012, a 20-year-old Florida State University student claimed she was raped by Jameis Winston, the school’s football star. When she told the police and school administration, they did nothing.
Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape.
Most of the time I have faith in humanity, but then I stumble upon websites like returnofkings.com. Return of Kings is a site dedicated to renewing masculinity as defined by the pseudonym contributors, all who “believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.”
Most clubs do not attempt to tackle the sensitive topic of sexual assault, but the newly founded club, One in Three, decided to host an entire discussion dinner on the subject on Nov. 22.