Articles on sexual assault on college campuses
They enrolled in the same freshman seminar, chatted on a field trip, pregamed for a school dance together, and then—on a night when they both claim they were more intoxicated than they had ever been before—they had sex.
You may have heard the term “bystander intervention” to describe a situation where someone who isn’t directly involved steps in to change the outcome.That’s a question that colleges around the country are grappling with in an attempt to combat sexual assault on campus, comply with Title IX, and fend off scrutiny from anti-rape activists and the Obama administration.But when the White House released guidelines last year to help schools address the problem of campus rape, it did not mention the role of alcohol in college sexual encounters.7, 2013, Jane was downing vodka and orange juice while playing drinking games in a friend’s dorm room. According to witnesses, who would be asked to recount the night’s events after Jane filed a sexual misconduct claim against John with the school, Jane “was grabbing John and trying to kiss him”; John was “somewhat responsive” but “seemed pretty indifferent.” But he was also “loud, obnoxious, kind of pushing everyone, going nuts a bit,” slurring his words, and at one point, attempted to move everyone but Jane out of the room. Jane eventually snuck out of her room, past her friends and her resident adviser, and made her way to John’s room, where she performed oral sex on him (which Jane says she remembers doing, but John says he can’t recall) and they began having sex (which both later said they didn’t remember).John was goaded into chugging booze straight from the bottle in a ritualistic hazing by his new water polo team. the worlds moving,” Jane would text her friends that night. Eventually, both Jane and John removed their own shirts while dancing. When another student knocked on the door to ask if Jane was OK, she responded affirmatively three times.
The morning after the incident, both Jane and John said they didn’t remember what happened the night before and set about recreating the evening’s events by speaking with friends who witnessed them having sex, reviewing text messages they had sent to each other, and piecing together the physical clues.