Editor, Daily Nexus,
Dianne Jobson’s article “Greek Groper Deserves Punch to the Groin” (Daily Nexus, Oct. 4, 2005) brought up an important issue. How many women out there reading this have had their ass grabbed while out walking or partying in I.V.? Chances are, most of you. Here’s something you may not know: ass-grabbing is a form of sexual assault. Sexual assault is any non-consensual sexual contact – this can range from unwanted touching to kissing to intercourse to catcalling (yes, I’m talking to you, DP guys who stand on your balconies yelling deeply profound comments such as “Look at that ass!” or “Hey baby, come up here and give me some of that!” to women). Did that girl have a sign on her that said, “Please grab my ass, guy I just met at the party”? I didn’t think so. In response to the Campus Clery Report – keep in mind that the number of sexual offenses listed here is only the number of assaults that are actually reported. On a college campus such as ours, the estimated number of occurrences each year is much higher given the fact that only five percent of rapes are reported. Why wouldn’t a survivor report, you ask? Several reasons, including the fear of not being believed, fear of being called a “slut,” embarrassment, or, hey, how about this: most assaults are committed by someone the victim already knows. If you want more information on issues such as these, Students Stopping Rape meets every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. in the Women’s Center. All are welcome.