Success! Frat That Joked About Raping Women Closed readers have another success! The University of Vermont chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity closed after a survey surfaced that asked members who they would like to rape. The national chapter, along with the University of Vermont made the closure public on Friday.

The decision came after a police investigation, our petition with more than 3500 signatures demanding the frat house be shut down, and an on-campus rally protesting both the fraternity and the broader rape culture that perpetuates these kinds of incidents.

Both representatives from the University and the national chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon expressed regret at the entire incident and hoped that it could provide a learning point to address issues surrounding sexual assault.

It’s good to know that the first of those lessons is that rape is not something to casually consider. Ever. Under any circumstances. Thank you, readers for helping send that message.

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Emma S.
Emma S5 years ago

Hurrah! (I'm a bit slow to catch on with this one.) I'm British and am not really clear what these fraternities are for but, having read about several of them, I think the answer must be, 'to promulgate misogyny.'

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

Great news

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago


Janine H.
Janine H6 years ago

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)

Annemarie Vidal
Anne-Marie Vidal6 years ago

*I don't think first ammendment rights ought to apply to a "fraternal organization" that thinks rape is a joke. Date rape is rampant on college campuses, 1 in 4 women have been raped. This is like yelling "Fire" in a crowded theatre. The First Ammendment is not the issue.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

I'd like a chance to correct myself here. I thought I'd read that this turned into a "court" case and that it was a "judge" that had shut down the frat.
Re-reading the article (I'd read another article that got the above piece of info wrong; that's where I misunderstood) and seeing that it was the college that did this due to a petition is different from what I was saying.
However, I don't consider the petition to be "incitement of violence". A BAD joke perhaps, but not incitement.
If someone is so addle-minded that a mere suggestion to rape is seen as incitement, I have to ask how someone like that got into college in the first place.
But the conclusion is as it should have been - the frat was taken down by peer-pressure.
If this had been a court case, then my reaction stands.
First amendment rights are a very tricky slope when it comes to legislation.
I don't believe that Bad Taste should be legislated at all.

So - Yes - the Klan can hold up a pic a say, "Who do you want to kill?" If someone is stupid, hateful and gullible enough to do it, then a crime exists and needs to be addressed, preferably with an extremely long prison sentence.

Christina G.
Christina G.6 years ago

This is great, I'm so glad that so many people stood up against this. To take someone against their will has so many lasting traumatic effects. Rape is no joke. Rape is a hideous crime, in no way was this just a sexist joke. This is encouraging a criminal activity that extremely violates anothers rights.

Beth Weatherbee
Beth Weatherbee6 years ago

Glad to hear that the frat was closed. What happened to the individuals?

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago


Janice S.
Janice S6 years ago

Funny, now they both pop up at the same time. Anyway, I wanted to add that thee needs to be more done to get rapists off the streets and out of the college campuses. I have not heard anything recently but previously there was a huge problem of rape kits not being processed. I certainly hope thart the situation has improved.