• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 12 comments on Talking about Sexual Assault on Campus

  1. It’s not just a “culture of rape” at Boston University, it is a cultural of criminality in general. Until they are willing to tackle the whole issue, there will never be a true solution. Sexual violence on campus is a tragic symptom of a larger problem, a University more concerned about the image it shows than it’s student population.

    1. Nice post Devyn, but you missed what I believe is a key point – It is the culture OF THE HOCKEY TEAM and the CULTURE OF HOCKEY and pre-professional athletes that most need to be discussed.

      You spoke of BU culture and the wider college culture. This is good, but not at the cost of ignoring BU Hockey, Hockey and Sports cultures.

      1. Hi,

        The article was also quite lengthy, and jock worship was mentioned. I addressed the issue of wider cultural values because the Hockey team was already a focus and calling attention to a wider scope was needed more, since these ideas are really prevalent in our culture. I fully support you on your point and understand where you are coming from. The approval of this behavior in sports teams is influenced by wider stereotypes as well.

  2. This is insulting to me as a student athlete. This is the BU hockey team that has these serious transgressions, not the other teams. Being grouped in with them is insulting and wrong. I do not see the need to defend the hockey team by generalizing that this is the culture of all the athletic teams at BU. By trying to say this is something more widespread than the hockey team thinking they can get whatever they want is an insult to the other teams and their athletes.

    1. cgsull – I am sorry you are insulted, but the situation is serious enough to LOOK at other BU sports teams. If they don’t find anything, GREAT!

      Consider it objectively. If you found cockroaches in your kitchen sink, would you only treat the sink? or would you check out cabinets, under the sink and other parts of the kitchen.

      It really sucks to be falsely accused,but I suggest you think of it as a way to clear your name.

  3. I do not believe it is a culture of rape, that is their term for it. It is a culture of criminality in general, with a sub-population with a propensity for violent behavior, some of which manifests itself in sexual/dating violence (but not all).

    The established norms of handling rape and sexual violence cases at BU are strong enablers for predators. Unfortunately, there is a strong stigma attached to “being a victim”. As with this hockey case, every time a case is reported, there is a certain pool who then knows you have been a victim. While unavoidable, there is no real effort to contain these stories and protect the victim from the social pressure they perceive. I.E if my story gets out, every one will know what happened. This is not an indictment on any one, but we as a community don’t do enough to understand and address the fears of the victim post attack; which can lead them to staying silent.

  4. Why are we listening to Dean Ellmore on this?

    He didn’t even protect BU women against having their pictures ogled on the internet by pervs in that RateBU thing. What makes anyone think he’s got something worthwhile to say about protecting women against rape?

    His response has been to portray this as some sort of culture of misunderstanding between the men and women. Read his quotes from the Globe. “We have students on this campus who don’t know how to treat each other.”

    Since when is rape a matter of not knowing how to treat one another? It’s a felony, for heaven’s sake.

    His protection of BU’s women from the male students he has responsibility over has been a joke, and I’m sure the forum tonight will be a joke too.

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