Rape on college campuses: the perils of the red zone

Rape! Rape! Rape! That’s all college athletes seem to be interested in doing these days. And they’re getting away with it, thanks to their own misogynistic minds and their parents, coaches, administrators, and university development directors, the New York Times reports.

The “red zone” refers to that dangerous few months when new freshmen arrive on campus, when they are open to experimentation and more likely to engage in underage drinking in order to feel more accepted. This is when senior athletes strike: they use alcohol to get girls drunk and then rape them.

If any of the girls report rape to authorities, the investigations are often botched. The crimes would be punishable by long prison terms, if they were prosecuted in a court of law, but many girls opt to report the incident only through the college, which conducts a quick disciplinary investigation and offers privacy. The investigation, if it could be called one, is typically carried out by a panel of non-experts who take great pride in their work—pride, it turns out, that is the tip of an iceberg of delusional grandeur.

A double standard for athletes compared to other students exists in high school as well, where athletes commit crimes for which they should be punished and get off with not even a detention. Nobody wants to take away the opportunity these talented athletes have of getting into college or of making big money in the NBA, NFL, or whatever. But this story has made me sick. It has a strong connection to high school, since many students use the summer between their junior and senior years to visit college campuses. As they do this, parents need to make them aware of a list from the US Department of Education that makes public the colleges that have open Title IX investigations for their handling of sexual assault.

This list was published a few months ago, and the Times, in its groundbreaking report, has given a face to the statistics:

AZ Arizona State University
CA Butte-Glen Community College District
CA Occidental College
CA University of California-Berkeley
CA University of Southern California
CO Regis University
CO University of Colorado at Boulder
CO University of Colorado at Denver
CO University of Denver
CT University of Connecticut
DC Catholic University of America
FL Florida State University
GA Emory University
HI University of Hawaii at Manoa
ID University of Idaho
IL Knox College
IL University of Chicago
IN Indiana University-Bloomington
IN Vincennes University
MA Amherst College
MA Boston University
MA Emerson College
MA Harvard College
MA Harvard University—Law School
MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MD Frostburg State University
MI Michigan State University
MI University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
NC Guilford College
NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ND Minot State University
NH Dartmouth College
NJ Princeton University
NY Cuny Hunter College
NY Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY Sarah Lawrence College
NY Suny at Binghamton
OH Denison University
OH Ohio State University
OH Wittenberg University
OK Oklahoma State University
PA Carnegie Mellon University
PA Franklin and Marshall College
PA Pennsylvania State University
PA Swarthmore College
PA Temple University
TN Vanderbilt University
TX Southern Methodist University
TX The University of Texas-Pan American
VA College of William and Mary
VA University of Virginia
WA Washington State University
WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
WV Bethany College
WV West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

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