To the Editor: Signs promote sex assaults
Written by Michelle Clossick   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:37
Around dinner on 8/23/13, I was driving on Wooster and saw a great deal of festivity as BGSU students arrived for the new year. These festivities included a number of houses with large groups of young men holding signs with statements like, "Fathers, thank you for sending us your daughters."
Signs such as these directly promote a rape culture on campus and in our beloved community by suggesting women's bodies belong to men and that rape is "okay."  It is disturbing that this behavior is not only present but accepted by community members as young men stand harassing women as they arrive to earn their educations. Just hours after I and countless others witnessed these men proudly baring these signs, a young woman was raped on that same lawn.
Rape is a crime. The only thing that causes rape is that someone chose to violate another person. No matter what the victim was wearing, how late she was out, or how much she had to drink, this was not her fault. Alcohol does not cause rape. Forcing yourself on a person who is unconscious, unable to consent, or not consenting causes rape.
Thank you to the person who had the courage to report this. Don't be a bystander - have the courage to get help if you see a crime in process. Please call the SAAFE Program (419-352-1545) for free confidential assistance needed due to sexual assault.
As a community, when will we stop looking to the behavior of victims as the cause of sexual assault and domestic violence? The devastation of this assault was preventable.
Michelle Clossick
Executive Director
The Cocoon Shelter
Bowling Green

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