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Yale Fraternity Pledges Chant About Rape (VIDEO)

Yale Fraternity Pledges Chant About Rape (VIDEO)

Although I don’t attend Yale, this story strikes very close to home: last Wednesday night, pledges from the university’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity marched through Yale’s Old Campus (where, as Tracy Clark-Flory points out on Broadsheet, most of the freshman woman are housed), chanting, “No means yes! Yes means anal!”  Just to make the chant more appealing, they sometimes added, “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women and fill them with my semen.”

The footage, taken by a student, is below; naturally, it’s gone viral.

The frat issued an extensive apology, admitting,

“We were disrespectful, vulgar and inappropriate. More than that, we were insensitive of all women who have been victims of rape or sexual violence, especially those here at Yale. Rape is beyond serious – it is one of the worst things that any person can be subjected to. It is not a laughing matter, yet we joked about it.”

But as a senior at a Princeton, a university that’s culturally very similar to Yale, I have to say that although this apology seems sincere, it’s indicative of a larger cultural trend that permits behavior like this – as long as the perpetrators seem really, really sorry afterward. 

As Jillian Hewitt wrote in an Equal Writes post last March, responding to the Center for Public Integrity’s broad-ranging study on campus sexual assault, “[College administrators view] offenders…as those good guys who made a one-time mistake, and thus as deserving of a second chance.”  This, of course, is not the case – most rapists are repeat offenders, even on college campuses – as psychologist David Lisak proved in his twenty-year survey of college men.  Those could be the same men who think it’s acceptable to march their pledges across campus shouting rape chants – or the pledges themselves, who are taught, early in their freshman year, that rape culture is the norm.

This time, though, things can be different.  Yale has an opportunity to discipline the men who were responsible for this triggering, verbally violent action, and they shouldn’t accept yet another “sincere” apology – their students should know better.  This is a situation where “sorry” is just not good enough.

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5:05AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Always when i hear about terrible things it makes me sad, and i cannot understand how someone could do something terrible - bully, hurt, rape or kill a person or animal. When i was a child this also happened to me... and surviving this is more terrible than not (parents and other may think different, but a victim?), living with all this pain... living with guilty feelings... full with hate for the own self... having one wish, not to wake up at the following day anymore...
No one can understand, because most people cannot imagine this, cannot imagine how much it change. Some of them think, that this would not be so terrible, because all would make some sexual experiences, and so it would not matter if there were some without own interest or wish. This cruel and superficial society makes me sick.

I know that it is not good to wish someone who does terrible things something as a punishment. But when i hear about violent people then i think why are they so "afraid" to go to someone equal and get some hits for their selves. This is a perversion, to think being more a man when beating a woman or a girl. This men are a shame for all normal men.

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

4:56AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF CAMPUS RAPE OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE PLEASE REPORT TO CAMPUS POLICE; THEY MUST INCLUDE/COUNT YOUR ASSAULT IN THEIR CLERY CRIME REPORT WHICH THEY MUST PUBLISH ANNUALLY. THEY ONLY REPORT NUMBERS OF INCIDENTS NOT NAMES PLEASE REPORT SILENCE CHANGES NOTHING; IF YOU NEED HELP WRITE TO help@campusrape.org REMEMBER SILENCE CHANGES NOTHING

3:22PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Punish them. This is not about freedom of speech. How dare anyone treat this like these men are somehow victims. They are educated brats who are putting people in danger by encouraging barbaric crimes. DISGUSTING.

3:41PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Whats next???? We are definetly in our last days.......

4:55PM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Education does not always mean intelligence. A form of the "bully".

10:39AM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

There IS a petition circulating demanding severe discipline for this crime, please sign and tell your friends so we can show Yale this is UNACCEPTABLE!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/rape-chants-need-more-punishment-than-im-sorry/

2:11PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Rape however lenient, is a form of denial of freedom of choice. It is also an act of injustice which will forever lumber the victim with pschological responses that undermine self confidence. It is not the act which may or not have been pleasureable if offered and accepted, but the sense of abuse at the denial of rejection. Perhaps it is one of the most pathetic of crimes being one of cowardice and lack of self esteem which leads to taking for fear of being denied acceptance. Whoever imposes this contact deserves to get it himself from a hungry jail mate.

8:02AM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Men, terrorizing women since the beginning of time

7:11AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

"Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny."
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2:14AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

This is coming from Yale? Are we sure that this is a top school on the planet? It sounds more like the First College for Male Pigs, aka FoMP college. If this is how Yale wants to be looked at, maybe the rest of us who are civilized should stop supporting Yale sports, college, medical college and what ever else they have. If they want to gain respect back, discipline those students, and maybe students need to sign a decency contract before being allowed to enter.

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