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Monday, November 9, 2009

pro rape ?

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University students' 'pro-rape' page on Facebook
RUTH POLLARD
November 8, 2009

A group of past and present University of Sydney students set up a ''pro-rape'' page in the sports and recreation section on Facebook, describing themselves as ''anti-consent''.

The students, mostly from an elite, all-male college, initially ensured the ''Define Statutory'' group had an open and public profile, and proudly displayed their membership on their personal Facebook pages.

The commander of the NSW Police sex crimes unit and the head of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre condemned the site, describing it as ''grooming perpetrators of sexual violence''.

The Facebook page, which has since shut down but ran from August until late last month, was part of a broader culture at the university's residential colleges that demeans women in a sexist and often sexually violent way, experts say.

Several young women, also past and present residential college students, say they have experienced sexual assault and attempted assaults on campus. They say the privileged atmosphere of colleges, combined with a culture of binge drinking and few restraints on behaviour, meant most rapes went unreported. Allegations include:

- A woman was raped at a college festival.
- A college resident adviser had to use a master key to enter a room and stop a man from continuing to rape a student.
- Another young woman was raped in her room.
- About 30 drunk, naked men broke into a college and surrounded a young woman, touching and taunting her.

Concerned about binge drinking and the subsequent violence, University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence convened a meeting of residential college leaders in May.
That meeting resulted in the ''liquor accord'' between the university, colleges and other key players, including local police, although the document fails to mention sexual assault.
'It is a delicate issue as the colleges are very closed communities. It is not the whole of the story about college life, but I do think that it is an issue,'' Dr Spence said.

He condemned the Facebook page, saying it was ''in every way abhorrent and in every way at odds with what we are trying to achieve at the university''.

Reverend Canon Ivan Head, warden of St Paul's College since 1995, said he had no knowledge of the Facebook page before being told, describing it as ''directly contrary to stated college policies'' and acknowledging that ''this could be a site that encourages criminality''.

He said he had received no complaints. ''College officers … endeavour to listen to gender-based conflict or complaint[s] with compassion, insight and the capacity to refer to relevant legal authorities,'' he wrote in a statement.

But the outgoing master of Wesley College, Reverend David Russell, said that in his eight years in the role he had spoken to several female students who felt they had to leave college. ''They say, 'I just don't feel safe,' '' he said.

Source: The Age

well to all my friends whether u are studying locally or overseas. do be careful

for haven sakes, "pro rape?"wtf is dat. its like a tuition group on how to rape, besides its not entirely the groups fault. drinkin and partying from all around the colleges are the real sources.
teenagers just wanna have fun and den suffer. its the onli way u guys THINK u can live ei? (i m not saying all just a certain amount of them)

u will be lucky if u leave college in one piece if u are the partying till the break of dawn type ~

taipau!Fuck rape!

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