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Al Jazeera story on sexual assault puts KU in spotlight, draws university condemnation

November 1, 2013


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An Al Jazeera America story featuring a booze-filled party of Kansas University students and disturbing descriptions of their regular sexual encounters at parties has prompted condemnation from KU leadership and student governance at the university.

In the video version of the story, three young men discuss having sex while intoxicated — and while their partners were intoxicated — even to the point of blackout. One senior identified as Casey said, “There’s nights where we go out and we wake up and we are with a girl and we don’t remember anything from the night before, like, ask ourselves, ‘Whoa, did I have sex with her, or no?’”

The men also discuss their fear of being accused of rape after such an encounter.

While KU officials, students and even the video’s narrator note that this sort of behavior could be found on college campuses anywhere, the university’s iconic Jayhawk was scattered throughout the house where the video was shot and on the clothing of the interviewees, throwing the university and its brand into a discussion about alcohol, sex and sexual assault.

The day after the story was released on Al Jazeera’s website, KU’s Student Senate issued a release condemning the “statements and mentalities” of the young men in the video.

“These attitudes do not represent the entire University of Kansas community, but nonetheless represent a serious threat to our campus,” the statement read.

The statement also noted the video ignored the university’s efforts to combat the attitudes about alcohol and sex voiced by the men in the video, but said that “existing efforts are not enough.”

Emma Halling, student body vice president, said she learned of the video after someone handed her a phone and played it for her. She and other student senators saw it was “immediately something that called for a student reaction.”

“The university obviously is going to have a position, but there is a level of peer accountability that needs to happen,” she said. “It’s indicative… from the statements of the men and the women in that video that people don’t have a healthy understanding of consent.”

For many observers, including those at KU, the talk in the video represents the problematic intersection of alcohol and sex not only at KU but nationwide. Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor of public affairs, and Tammara Durham, KU vice provost of student affairs, both said the video could have been shot at nearly any university in the country.

“Unfortunately, this reporter found a group that was representative of some poor choices. I know that represents a minority of students on campus,” Caboni said.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Is rape socially acceptable?

Or perhaps this is more common than anyone wishes to admit yet the powers that be are not aware.

Then there is always the drinking and sexual encounters such that transpired in Marysville at the high school level. Where do young athlete men learn that rape is okay or young men of prominent families?

What about the drugs that find their way into the beverages that women are drinking? Why do men believe this to be acceptable behavior? For this reason alone If I were a woman I might be quite apprehensive about consuming alcohol in a party bar or party environment.

“It’s indicative… from the statements of the men and the women in that video that people don’t have a healthy understanding of consent.” Or don't give a damn. This is a discussion that needs to start taking place in the 1st year of high school and continues into college.

Classes for males which should include the subject of rape. Sex education perhaps? Having too much to drink should never be a winning argument in rape cases.

Do jocks and frat rats have low respect for women? College athletes seem to have no problem finding people to defend them no matter what. What message does this send?

How about politicians and wealthy executive types?

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 7 months ago

My thing is that I don't think that someone who is drunk is able to make a sensible or responsible decision, if they could they wouldn't be drunk. Just think about all the drinking contests where the aim is to drink as much as possible in as short a time as possible.

A drunk man is not going to behave like a gentleman and a drunk woman is not going to be a lady. I really don't think there is any possible way to prevent this from happening.

Michael Shaw 4 years, 7 months ago

Does this have any value at all as reporting?

Ted Morehouse 4 years, 7 months ago

By minority, the chancellor was referring to a subculture within the greek system. Frat guys are the only ones I have overheard repeatably bragging about this behavior, binge drinking and rape seem to be ingrained in the frat culture.

Ted Morehouse 4 years, 7 months ago

A "scientific study" cannot refute my personal observations Keith, I was referring to hearing about this behavior in person, repeatably, from members of KU fraternity's. Furthermore, I doubt that any member of any social group would share information like members of that group date raping with a surveyor for a "scientific study". Your statistics are wrong, you cannot "simply" investigate this, people do not share this information freely.

Jeanette Kekahbah 4 years, 7 months ago

and what about the other date rape drugs - clonazepam, alprazolam and GBH?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Does rape take place on campus? I believe this is the issue mentioned.

Does rape take place in the student "ghetto"?

I believe KU sex is the issue mentioned.

Is sex with consent socially acceptable? Most likely.

Is sex without consent not acceptable? Probably not.

Should a woman tell a man no is that difficult to understand?

If a woman is passed out is that the same as consent? Probably not.

In a court proceeding regarding rape often a woman's sex history is brought forward but not the man's which is in and of itself sexist and discrimination.

In a court proceeding regarding rape often a woman's attire is brought forward but not the male attire. So who is to decide whether or not the female attire brought a man into an uncontrollable desire for sex thus commits rape?

In rape cases often it seems the woman is most always at fault..... how can that be?

Is sex healthy? Hmmmmmmmmm.




Under congenial circumstances ..... of course.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 7 months ago

Rape does not occur in the Islamic world? Of course not, they get married first. Clipped from:

Yemeni Child Bride, 8, Married To A 40-Year-Old Man, Dies Of Internal Injuries After Wedding Night
By Keerthi Mohan, on September 11 2013

An 8-year-old Yemeni girl who was married to a man five times her age died on her wedding night after sustaining internal injuries following intercourse with her husband, reports said.

The girl, identified only as Rawan, was married off to a 40-year-old man late last week in an arranged marriage.

“On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture, which caused her death," Arwa Othman, a leading rights campaigner, told Reuters. "They took her to a clinic, but the medics couldn't save her life."
-end clip-

That is not at all a rare event, since in some Islamic countries women are held in very low esteem. It's ever so much easier to see the faults of others than to see your own.

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