Hosts on the new Fox News show “Outnumbered” discussed who bears the responsibility when there is a sexual assault in a fraternity house. Depending on whose research one references, the percentage of women raped on college campuses ranges from 2% to 25%. For men, the high end of the range for being victimized is closer to 17%.
While any percentage is too high, everything from the wording of questions to the definition of “rape” must be considered before an intelligent conversation can be had on this topic. According to the Fox news hosts in this video, feminists go crazy when any amount of “blame” is placed on scantily clad women who arrive to frat parties already intoxicated. Another point made in this conversation is that drunk guys are held responsible for their actions if they take advantage of a drunk girl, but the converse is not true.
Personal responsibility is at an all time low in this country. Women do need to take responsibility for exercising a little more self control and common sense if they are, in fact, showing up to houses full of sexually active men dressed like they are looking for a good time and already intoxicated. The point is also well taken, however, that fraternities need to have a better system of addressing individuals showing up in a compromised state. It is okay to decline admittance to someone who is just not in an acceptable state of sobriety as to be able to consent to anything that may happen.
Far from placing blame on any single group in this scenario, we should be asking every young man in a fraternity and every young woman who attends their parties to exercise better judgment before festivities begin. After all, aren’t you supposed to learn something when you go to college? Self-control, self-respect, and self-reliance seem like good places to start.