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Campus Sexual Assaults Still Discussed Openly Despite Continued Efforts of UNC Administration

University of North Carolina is threatening to expel a student who spoke to the press about UNC's handling of her sexual assault case.

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The University of North Carolina is finally taking a tough stand against “disruptive or intimidating behavior” among students. Specifically, UNC is bringing sophomore Landen Gambill before the Office of Student Conduct for speaking to the press about her alleged rape and UNC’s handling of her case. The University asserts Gambill’s behavior amounted to “intimidating” her alleged rapist, whom she never actually named to any media outlet.

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The University, which has come under fire for repeatedly pressuring its staff to underreport sexual assaults on campus, deemed her behavior to be conduct “that willfully abuses, disparages, or otherwise interferes with another so as to adversely affect their academic pursuits, opportunities for University employment, participation in University-sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of University Life.” UNC is apparently taking a tough stand against students who speak out about sexual assault, as Gambill faces potential expulsion from the University for discussing her rape openly.

Finally.

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Terrified young man surrounded by women who may start discussing sexual violence any second.

What kind of culture are we living in, if we can’t protect our most defenseless citizens: people who have to hear about rape? It seems like no matter what we do to try to stop women from speaking about their sexual assaults — no matter how many “take back the morning after we failed to take back the night” events we hold — there’s a continuing problem of women wanting to talk about rape.

How big of a problem is this?  Just consider these harrowing statistics.

Rape Talk in America, by the Numbers:

  • According to the Department of Justice, a low estimate of the number of women who talk about getting raped every year is 150,000. When you consider that that’s out of between 300,000 to 1.3 million women who are raped, that’s an awful lot of talking.

 

  • Approximately  32,000 women in the US are impregnated against their will each year as a result of rape, and you just know they’re gonna talk about that. The hard truth is she’ll be talking for two.

 

 

  • 97 percent of rapists are never incarcerated, which means that they are in no way protected, and live in constant fear of running into the assaulted woman. Em-barrassing.

 

  • Studies show that college students think  50 percent of rapes claims are false, even though only 2-8 percent are actually estimated to be false claims. That means these women who talk about their rape aren’t even convincing, making the whole ordeal that much more unnecessary. Why torture your victims when science has shown that they won’t even believe you?

As a heterosexual male I know I am in constant fear of being talked to about rape. But just remember, guys, if a woman does talk to you about her sexual assault and you don’t feel impregnated with sadness, then it wasn’t a legitimate rape talk. A man cannot be made sad by illegitimate rape talk.

While we can never fully eliminate rape-talk on campus, with your help and the continuing efforts of the UNC administration, we can make talking about rape the exception, and not the rule.

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30 Responses to Campus Sexual Assaults Still Discussed Openly Despite Continued Efforts of UNC Administration

  1. barjack

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    Humorous article about a not-so-humorous subject . . .

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda

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      Mike says thanks. I was dumb and deleted his earlier comment.

    • Shana

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      this is the stupidest thing that I have read. you are an insensitive jerk that doesn't take a serious subject like rape seriously. I dont know if you think you're funny or something, but people like you shouldn't exist in society. and this is coming from a 16 year old girl….

  2. Not sad

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    Well, this one text filled my quota of stupid readings for the week. You know when something injustice happens to you, like say an unwarranted parking ticket, and you feel compelled to talk about your outrage, and the injustice? Similar process of events. If YOU don't want to talk about it, don't participate.

    I hope someone rapes you. Then maybe you can write something. But make it good, if it doesn't make me sad, "it's illegitimate rape talk". Illegitimate rape talk could not be exemplified better, than in this text.

    Sincerely,
    Not sad after reading this

    P.S. I 100% mean it.

  3. Not sad

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    Well, this one text filled my quota of stupid readings for the week. You know when something injustice happens to you, like say an unwarranted parking ticket, and you feel compelled to talk about your outrage, and the injustice? Similar process of events. If YOU don't want to talk about it, don't participate.

    I hope someone rapes you. Then maybe you can write something. But make it good, if it doesn't make me sad, "it's illegitimate rape talk". Illegitimate rape talk could not be exemplified better, than in this text.

    Sincerely,
    Not sad after reading this

    P.S. I 100% mean it.

    • Interesting that you seem to object to satire which has to do with the very serious subject of rape, while at the same time very seriously wishing rape upon someone. Not sure you've got the moral high-ground, my rapewishing friend.

      • Yeah, it's me again

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        Hm, I did question if it was satirical because the opinion was so abrasive, but sarcasm doesn't always translate well online. I tried looking up your previous work to compare but I didn't find anything that was obviously written by you, so I took it as your serious opinion. This is my first time on the site and I was unaware of the genre.

        I am sorry for my comment, I wrote it in disbelief. Please keep it up for anyone else who reads this erroneously. This is sooo something I would do *facepalm*

        Also, after trying to apologize three times now, you clearly blocked my last screen name – kinda peeving since all I wanted to do was apologize.

        • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

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          Oh no, yikes. Yes, that was a little bit of a facepalm. It's okay (well, minus the "I hope you get raped" part maybe).

          We didn't intentionally block your comment, though, by the way. The comment system did it automatically. I just manually approved it (didn't notice it had been blocked until now). I like to have open discussion so I'll see if I can change the settings on the comments. I'm guessing it auto-blocked you due to the downvotes.

  4. Not sad

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    Well, this one text filled my quota of stupid readings for the week. You know when something injustice happens to you, like say an unwarranted parking ticket, and you feel compelled to talk about your outrage, and the injustice? Similar process of events. If YOU don't want to talk about it, don't participate.

    I hope someone rapes you. Then maybe you can write something. But make it good, if it doesn't make me sad, "it's illegitimate rape talk". Illegitimate rape talk could not be exemplified better, than in this text.

    Sincerely,
    Not sad after reading this

    P.S. I 100% mean it.

  5. Fox-Spirit

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    I like how you forgot to mention the part about how her allegations are totally unfounded and without any sort of evidence.

  6. Self_Manifesto

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    If you want to read an article that uses facts and doesn't suck, go to the Campus BluePrint website (I can't link here for some reason). It's called "Misunderstandings surround Gambill case" and is about halfway down the page.

  7. YouBigDummy

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    That bitch be stupid, yo

  8. AyYoGurl

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    Read another interesting article a while back… it's pretty messed up that college campus' are trying to cover up these legitimate rape claims… it's really messed up.

  9. David

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    Aren't you missing some key details here? Like the fact that she brought the case before the universities honor court and the ex-boyfriend was found not guilty? This is all the reasoning that the University needs to expel this femi-nazi because it looks like she is trying to bring false rape charges on to another student. If she actually was raped that is too bad but she didn't go to the hospital and get a rape kit did she? This story sounds way more like defamation than rape. Why would the person you are dating rape you anyways? Was she just not putting out and the guy was like well I guess I am going to rape you instead? Most likely not. If she was raped she should have gone to the hospital and the police, but she didn't, she has no evidence and now she just needs to get over the fact that what happened happened and there is jack shit she can do to change it.

  10. daerice

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    Thank you, yes, I appreciate you pointing out the dangers of being talked to about rape. Heavens forbid….

  11. UC student

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    I read about this case a couple days ago. Apparently a student judicial court found her rape claim to be false and malicious against her ex-boyfriend but I didn't see what evidence she provided or what their reasoning was (it's considered private info). As I understand it though, she was not only going to the media but publicly posting things about how he got away with rape and described him using ways that it was easy to know who he was without knowing his name. I didn't know the school had been accused of sweeping rape cases under the rug in the past though. That changes a lot. This case seems to be pretty complicated.

  12. Mike Dash

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    Mike, thank you for this great, great posting. UNC sounds clueless at best. And you used humor really effectively, in a way that strengthened and clarified.

    PS None of this comment is sarcasm. I hope that's clear.

    • Mike Blejer

      Wait, was that last part about the rest of it not being sarcastic intended sarcastically? If so, you are a clever devil. If not, you still seem pretty smart. Thanks!

  13. There isn't anything funny about rape. When a woman is raped it takes a lot of them a long time to talk about it. When they do come forward they are re-victimized and made to look bad. If this girl wasn't raped and the guy wants to sue him for slander let him. If she's lying he won't mind taking the stand in court. The college has made this a bigger deal drawing more attention. Most colleges, like the military hide rape and protect the men.
    theusmarinesrape.com

  14. Jan

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    Great article very well written. Question remains whether Landen was actually raped or not, that is very relevant. With so many rapes going unreported it would be very sad if she was lying. Follow the numbers. What is the prevalence of reported rape at UNC and how many convictions/expulsions have there been over the years, that will clearly show whether or not they are taking it seriously.

  15. Meg

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    As a woman, I am highly agitated by my fellow-female cohorts over-the-top offended reactions to this article. The Lifetime-channel, I-hate-men feminism you have succumbed to has apparently strangled your understanding of the literary genre known as “satire.” Was “A Modest Proposal” by Swift not part of your curriculum growing up? I shutter to imagine you walking around confidently castigating your uneducated opinions around. If anything is “sad” here, it is you. Go read a book.

    • Mike Blejer

      As a man, I agree with this woman. Also as a person. And as a bunch of words on the internet. This triptych of tech type agrees: Go read a book, jerks.