'Top Ten Ways to Get Away With Rape' Flier Enrages Miami University Students

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By Sami K. Martin, Christian Post Reporter
October 15, 2012|1:50 pm

Students at Miami University are in an uproar after a flier entitled "Top Ten Ways to Get Away With Rape" was found posted in a co-ed dormitory over the weekend. The administration has publicly denounced the flier and its "tips," but students are not satisfied and would like to see more being done about the situation.

"The university is brushing this issue … under the rug," Kate Van Fossen, Vice President of Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVE), told the press. "If I wasn't involved with WAVE I wouldn't have known about this incident."

A resident advisor found the flier in the co-ed dorm known as McBride Hall and reported it to the Wellness Office on Monday. It was then sent up the chain to administrators, and the vice president of student affairs, Barbara Jones, publicly called the flier "reprehensible."

"I read the flier. I was shocked. It has no place on our campus or any other campus," Jones added. Yet students are dismayed that the student affairs office has not offered any other response to the flier or the ideas that it suggested.

"It could have been a joke, but the fact of the matter is that those thoughts are crossing someone's mind," Van Fossen warned. "There are girls living in a hall where someone came up with that. It's just disturbing."

Among some of the "suggestions" include putting drugs in a woman's drink, breaking in through an unlocked window to "teach her to not do it again," and "practice."

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"If your [sic] afraid the girl will identify you, slit her throat. RAPE RAPE RAPE, its college boys live it up!!" the violent flier read.

While students are upset about the flier, many see it as a "parody of rape culture."

"It's not a real threat, and I don't blame the university for not acting on it initially. I think a mandatory meeting with residents is fine, and I'm not sure what else should or could be done," noted LampShady on Gawker.com.

In addition to a meeting of the McBride male residents, police are investigating the situation. There is a strong possibility that severe administrative action could be brought against the individual responsible for the flier.

 

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