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BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 5:00 AM

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Protests over-the-top

I understand that rape is a concern on campus; however, the need to protest to call for action against the rape is a bit over-the-top. In the video that was published online, the protesters were obviously disruptive and disrespectful toward Mason. One of the protesters claimed that there was no zero-tolerance policy for rape. While Mason tried correcting the protester that there was such a policy, she continued arguing against her.

Another thing that struck a chord was something Leslie Schwalm said that I found to be ridiculous. She said, “Men on campus should not feel confident that they can do this and that they can get away with it.”

In response to the protester(s), where were you in the previous semesters when rape was still apparent? Why claim that there is no zero-tolerance policy for rape despite the fact that there has been a policy around for decades? I think the protest is more of a stunt than an actual cause of action. To assume there is no such policy is just ignorant at best. What evidence do they show that there isn’t such a policy?

In response to Schwalm, you assume that only men are individuals that can physically rape someone on campus. It’s a closed-minded opinion to assume that only men are capable of rape. It’s like claiming that only men are responsible for abusing their children. It’s nothing more than a sexist statement targeting men as being the only perpetrators capable of doing such a cruel act. Yes, there are mostly males reported so far in the reports, but it doesn’t mean that women shouldn’t be excluded from the discussion.

Vern Ancelet

Mason need not apologize

I am not a fan of President Sally Mason, but this is bogus. Her quote was, “The goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate, but the more we understand about it, the better we are at trying to handle it and help people get through these difficult situations …”

Why should she apologize for that? She is not saying that rape is excusable, or that men can’t help themselves, or any of what she’s being accused of saying. Murder will happen, given human nature. Robberies will happen, given human nature. Parking violations will happen, given human nature. Nobody goes flying higher than a buzzard when we admit that. So, for saying that totally eliminating sexual assault is not a realistic goal, she needs to apologize? For that, she’s “blaming the victim”? People, stop being a bunch of professional offense-takers. Read what she said, or have it read to you, and act like adults.

Joseph Dobrian


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