Comment 111158

By lucasmascotto (registered) | Posted April 28, 2015 at 21:35:24

I'm a male student who was sexually assaulted on campus at the end of January by a younger female classmate. I can't even begin to tell you how shockingly mistreated I was by the "system" set up to supposedly support me. Not only was I often lambasted for being a male victim who should've "...just pushed her off." or "...punched her right back." but I was also immediately told by a campus worker to "Take it as a compliment." and then went through two weeks of grueling interrogation like interviews where I was often asked if I was exaggerating details or looking for attention. I missed assignments, as well as shifts at work and watched my performance drop downwards along with my grades. All I want to say is that sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at anytime. It is not the victim's fault, and should be treated with the utmost standard of care and compassion. I understand that wrapping the notion of sexual assault around one's mind can be difficult, as any sort of extreme trauma is, but that definitely does not merit the sort of comments I'm reading now. Heightened awareness of sexual assault and it's impacts not only empowers victims to think of themselves as survivors but also gives the opportunity for others to come out, seek justice and understand their rights. The monthly dedication is not a symbol for the rise of nanny-statism or some sort of liberalistic infringement but rather the creation of a forum to raise public awareness and give voice to those who were cruelly abused.

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