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There are 4 comments on Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center Now Open

  1. So glad this exists, finally, after all this. But I’m disappointed by the point of view in this article that sexual assault prevention is about allowing people to walk down dark alleys at night. This ignores the fact that sexual assault is usually committed by friends, coworkers, relatives, acquaintances in private spaces. We need to stop feeding lines about stranger danger because most of the time, rapes are committed by people known to the survivor. This changes the whole dialogue. It changes the way we practice our personal security. Or at the very least, it does more to help us take back the night than years of marches ever will when we realize the rapist lurking in the shadows is largely a myth.

      1. The emphasis on preventative education should be directed at those in a position to put a stop to it and help create a culture in which this kind of thing is not condoned, tolerated or encouraged (as it is currently). Educate people on consent, upon their rights and the need to humanize survivors and potential victims. Speak up when some one makes light of sexual assault. Give them an understanding of what survivors go through, the consequences of their actions for everyone involved. The dark alley at night trope borders very closely on victim-blaming when we need to make clear that victims and survivors are never at fault instead of placing the responsibility of safety with them alone. The fact is that most people who are survivors already do not trust those to whom they are close. It’s a sad reality, but until our culture teaches people not to rape instead of not to get raped and shifts accountability, almost anyone is a potential rapist.

        1. While this may need to be incorporated into education. This type of education, along with topics like sex ed, need to be started at home. The parents should be responsible for the foundation of their children’s education on this matter, as their morals and views are already shaped by the time they reach the American education system, let alone by the time something like this is brought up as a topic of discussion in schools. It is far easier to instill this belief when children are young, and influenced by their parents, rather than trying to change it when they are older.

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