Stop Blaming Women for Being Raped

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Target: University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin

Goal: Don’t adopt misguided sexual assault prevention policies that would blame survivors for what happened to them.

Women are going to be forced to not attend certain school events in an effort to cut down on campus sexual assaults, according to a proposed policy being mulled over by the University of Missouri. We need to be teaching men not to rape, not curtailing the rights of women. Demand that the university leadership not adopt this policy.

Like many universities across the country, the University of Missouri has been contending with increasing rates and awareness of sexual assault on its campus. In response, the university’s fraternity alumni organization proposed new rules that the school’s leadership is now considering. Unfortunately, these rules have caused quite a controversy.

The proposal outlines a number of strategies the school could implement to cut down on sexual assault. For one, women would be barred from attending events at fraternity houses at “certain high risk periods,” including 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on weekend nights. During other times of day, security personnel would be hired to enforce gender segregation at fraternity houses as well.

Students and others have rightfully criticized this proposal for shifting the focus on sexual assault prevention away from addressing the behavior of men themselves and towards the behavior of the women they usually victimize. Sign the petition below to demand that the University of Missouri leadership not adopt this misguided proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chancellor Loftin,

I am writing you today regarding the anti-sexual assault proposal your university is currently considering from the Mizzou Fraternity Alumni Consortium. While I admire the effort to fight the rampant sexual assault taking place on your campus, this is not the way to go about it.

In order to stop the rape epidemic taking place on college campuses across the country, we as a society need to address rape culture. The best way this can be achieved on college campuses is by confronting toxic masculinity in the Greek life system. The proposal you are considering very explicitly does not do that.

Instead of teaching the men in your fraternities to not rape people, you are forcing your female students to change their lives to protect themselves. This does nothing to dismantle rape culture and, indeed, only serves to enforce it.

Your priority should be teaching the male students at your university not to rape people—nothing else. I demand that you not adopt this misguided Mizzou Fraternity Alumni Consortium proposal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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