• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 20 comments on Campus Rape Film The Hunting Ground Screens Tonight

  1. Does anyone else find BU Today’s obsession with rape absolutely bizarre? Even if the actual rate was 50 times higher, it still wouldn’t surpass the number of stories written about it. Have they learned nothing from UVA?

    1. My guess is that since rape is something that is highly prevalent on college campuses, BU Today is doing it’s best to keep up awareness about the seriousness and pervasiveness of the issue.

      For many people, college is the first place where they can both have the freedom and access to resources to learn about all of the complicated issues with human sexuality, rape amongst them. It’s definitely in BU’s interest to keep their student body well-educated about what constitutes sexual assault and the consequences of it, as a means of preventing or reducing the overall level of it.

      Not sure what you mean about UVA. Could you elaborate?

    2. No it is not bizarre especially since this is a national problem at college campuses. Go see the film and then decide if BU is still bizarre. I applaud their proactive stance. Google Amherst and sexual assault and see what a college should not do

    3. The part of the UVA article that Rolling Stone withdrew was the specific rape central to it. There were plenty of disturbing details about the culture at UVA and at universities nation-wide in that article that were factual and existed outside of the central narrative.

    4. So you admit there’s a problem, but don’t want to hear about it? Then don’t read those articles and solve another problem that you think is more important.

      As a bonus, when you go out and try to draw people’s attention to the problem /you/ choose, you’ll get to hear someone say exactly the same thing you said about your chosen cause. And that’ll be, well, you know…

  2. Other essays about the film the Hunting Ground have focused on a different point from the film, the idea mentioned in the title: on many campuses there is a subgroup of aggressive males who score points with each other when they ‘score’ with women. I find this more troubling than universities that try to cover-up. What do you think?

    1. How is this troubling? Sexuality is a competitive thing, does it seriously surprise you that men brag to each other about the women that they sleep with? Very easy to say that there is the same type of sexually promiscuous, aggressive and strong willed woman that scores points with her friends when she “scores” with a guy.

      I mean, sex is a dynamic act. Sometimes it is sensitive, sometimes it is very aggressive and yes, occasionally violent. That’s just what sex is. There is nothing to cover up, time to start talking honestly about what sex really is and what actually happens at this school…instead of RAPE CRISIS RAPE CRISIS RAPE CRISIS at the first moment that an uncomfortable sexual interaction takes place…

      1. I’m not a student but have been assaulted and been to weekend healing retreat,therapy. These women are scarred the REST of THEIR lives. Sex as you call it, however is between 2 people. Rape is NOT.

  3. I find the lack of concern over due process for the accused very disturbing.
    The government should not try to force universities to conduct pseudo trials where the rules of evidence and criminal procedure do not apply.

  4. The problem with “safe spaces” (i.e. this panel) is that you only have one group of people reaffirming each other’s opinions. Anyone who disagrees that polarizing terms like “rape culture” accurately represents college campuses is immediately labeled as sexist and/or ignorant, so why on earth would they show up and share their thoughts?

    In my 4 years at BU, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut on issues of race, gender equality, and sexual assault. That’s not because I’m racist, sexist, or unconcerned about sexual assault; rather, I disagree with the closed-mindedness and hypersensitivity so prevalent in the activist groups. In the case of sexual assault, the focus should be on getting a fair trial, but how is it fair to label someone as a rapist the minute he/she is accused? Even suggesting that makes me feel that I must stay anonymous on here.

    I’ve heard something like 20% of women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. But that statistic is only valid if you assume the accused and the guilty are one and the same. Even if it’s half that, I’m sure most reasonable people would agree it’s a problem. So instead of shouting your indigence and citing dubious (and inherently unverifiable) statistics, try focusing on true judicial impartialness – I think you’d be surprised by the support you’d receive.

    To the SARP Center, thank you for all the good you do for the victims – honestly. Events like this, though, will only help further radicalize those who are already agree with you. In the process, you scare away the vastly larger moderate population by labeling the schools and organizations we hold dearly with terms like “rape culture” (if you can’t tell, I’m pretty sick of that accusation). I know little of the SARP Center, so it’s perhaps unfair to group you with the other activist groups, but the whole movement’s aggressive and accusatory stance is about as off-putting as the Tea Party’s obstinacy.

    Whether you agree or disagree with me, this New York Times article discusses our “safe spaces” in a way I doubt many have considered:

    1. I am confused by what you mean when you say “focus on judicial impartialness” Does the article in any way, or the university response for that matter, imply that no judicial impartialness will be considered when handling accusations of rape and sexual assault?

      This is about making sure that of the 20% or whatever statistic that may be of women who report sexual assault, their reports are taken seriously instead of swept under the rug, ignored, or scrutinized. I don’t see how taking victims reports seriously, and maintaining judicial impartialness towards the accused are mutually exclusive, which to me seems like what you are implying. We can make feel victims heard and at the same time investigate such reports fairly. The problem right now is that these incidents DON’T get investigated, and when they DO, actual rapists often are let off the hook for some of the reasons cited in the article.

      Secondly, the article you posted about from the new york times on safe spaces is an issue distinct from whether or not rape culture exists on our campuses, even here at BU. Your opinion that safe spaces are dogmatic, which is a valid opinion, does not undermine that rape (if you so vehemently hate the word “rape culture” I will use the more tangible “rape” instead actually exists on campus. by the same token, YOUR hypersensitivity towards being stiffled in safe spaces, even the usage of terminology you disagree with, doesn’t make the matter of fact – that rape exists, on these campuses, ON OUR CAMPUS, just magically disappear.

  5. Most people in BU are thoughtful and sensitive people, not rapists. It is puzzling that the university is constantly pushing this rape line over and over. I don’t even want to hear the word rape mentioned anymore. Maybe if people here approached each other with honest sexual feelings instead of cramming for tests constantly while taking study drugs, unwinding at the end of the week by getting drunk beyond recognition, then there would be a healthier sexual atmosphere here. But no. The SJWs will constantly talk about rape to the point that people actually trying to have sex are going to feel disgusted and demonized.

    I despise rapists and think they should be punished to the full extent of the law, but I’ve also heard of girls who go to a party, drink way too much, mix their drinks with pills like Xanax and benzodiazepines and are surprised when they wake up in the morning not knowing what they did or where they are, and instantly open a rape case, making some guys life miserable. Come on. Take some responsibility for your sexuality. It looks like I’m victim blaming but I’m really not. When people have an unhealthy obsession with the sexual assault crusade…well…it just strikes me equally as creepy as the guy who slips date-rape drugs into drinks. Or the guy who makes his date drink 4-5 drinks anyway.

    1. “I don’t even want to hear the word rape mentioned anymore.”

      That’s a privilege that will become available to you when you live in a society in which there are so few victims of rape that you almost never encounter one.

      I am always saddened and amused by how sensitive some other men become to this issue being discussed more prominently. Your loss of privilege (the privilege of /not/ fearing sexual assault, and not having to think about it) is not the same as discrimination against you.

      If you’d like to get a taste of exactly what women deal with, simply create a fake online dating profile as a female. Start some conversations. See how things go. Now imagine navigating that same world in person /every day/.

  6. The “rape culture” meme, based as it is both on falsified or exaggerated statistics and on the ideological axiom that an all-pervasive patriarchy normalizes what almost everyone agrees to be one of the most extreme crimes, is a fiction designed to advance an activist agenda and undermine the constitutional rights of the accused.

    The Hunting Ground, just like the Rolling Stone gang-rape story, is a grotesquely irresponsible form of “journalism” which uses single, unverified but highly emotive and sensationalized sources, and makes no attempt to investigate or portray the other side. It is pure polemic, just like the “rape culture” meme.

    1. I assume you will admit that there are at least some sexual assaults taking place, and I also assume that you would not be averse to efforts to address this problem. I will admit that there are at least some cases of false accusations of rape.

      Now, here’s the question: which do you think is the more ubiquitous problem? Is it rape, or is it false accusations of rape? Which problem would you like to address first? If you had limited resources and could only address one at a time, which one would you choose?

      (Hint: Choose the one that solves both problems; reduce the incidence of actual rape.)

  7. Thank you Boston University for being a leader in this world of ours. An extremely important matter. The effects last a lifetime. So many I know already. One man has gone state from NJ to PA state, has gotten caught and with hospital proof,the judge said it came down to his word against hers. He was let go on the streets again. 2 women testified. Thank you Thank you. THIS IS THE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL I COUNTED ON

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