Letter to the Editor
April 12, 2013
Response to the April 5 ‘Meat is murder’ editorial
Let’s say, as a car owner, I park my car on a public street. I then get out of the car with my key still in the ignition and leave the doors open. An individual is walking by and notices my key still in the ignition. This person wasn’t inclined to steal the car, but, begins thinking about my lack of responsibility. That is when they see the doors are not locked either. They think to themselves, ‘Well, this isn’t stealing since they left the door open and the key in the ignition.’ The individual jumps in the car, turns the key and goes for a joy ride with my car.
Is this a crime? You better believe it; it is still stealing, but my insurance will not cover damages because of my negligence. Your body is the most important personal property you have. So, when we begin to talk about the issue of rape, there are very real issues that need to be addressed. However, these issues become clouded when assertions are added which only work theoretically in a bubble. Instead of raising awareness and making it easier for victims to report rape, some on this campus want to engage in a women’s liberation bra burning party. Should women be able to wear whatever they want, flirt as much as they want, drink as much as they want or have sexual relations with whomever they want? Sure, but just like everything in life, there are consequences to your actions, intended or not intended.
I want to make it clear this does not mean that anyone “begs, asks or wants” to be raped or more important should be raped. It does mean though that an individual through their actions can enable a perpetrator to have easier access to commit crime. If you choose to get drunk out of your mind, in mixed company (or not for homosexuals), dress provocatively and have been flirtatious, then the probability of something bad happening to you increases. This is because we don’t live in the individual bubble but in the midst of a social setting. To use the earlier illustration, in a bubble or in the little town I lived in growing up, the action of leaving a car unsecured presented no real threat. However, in a more populous area or in an area known for crime, that danger significantly increases.
To make statements like “It is not his or her fault they got that drunk,” are simply foolish, unless, of course, someone was holding them down making them drink. There is only one person out there who provides the best form of protection for an individual in this situation. That individual is his or her self. By being conscious of situations which compromise one’s personal security, one can minimalize the risk to their own self.
This applies to all people regardless of gender and in more situations than just rape. While it is not the victim’s fault that he or she was attacked, they can either enhance or minimalize the possibility of being attacked through their actions. It would be my hope that everyone both men and women on this campus would learn moderation in all things. Also, any person who is assaulted by someone else—regardless of circumstances—would quickly find help and go to the police. As I stated earlier, rape or anything of the like is still a crime and those who are guilty of it should be accountable.