Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

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  • Curtis Hight Anchorage, AK
    Jan. 25, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    In all of my research and visits to campuses in the past several years, I have found that men are the most talented actors of all within hookup culture. They have been taught to appear sex-crazed and reckless, even if what they really feel is something else. The idea fostered in American culture that young men are hypersexual is largely false, and therefore a destructive stereotype to maintain. It not only perpetuates hookup culture on campus but also stunts the ability of young men to grow emotionally. It teaches them to silence their real feelings and desires, which also keeps them from finding fulfilling romantic relationships. Men lose so much from these cultural misperceptions, maybe even more than women do, because at least women are allowed to speak about feelings without having to worry about putting their femininity at risk.

    Donna Freitas, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy (New York: Basic Books, 2013), 114.

  • Curtis Hight Anchorage, AK
    Jan. 25, 2014 4:38 p.m.


    I share your concerns about our society and government, but I think you're exhibiting Obama Derangement Syndrome (continuing a long line of derangement syndromes: John Adams . . . Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and just imagine what Romney Derangement Syndrome might have looked like).

    This is a significant issue and I support your legal right to speak as you have, but I'm kindly questioning your discrimination of issues. Have you nothing more to add?

    Last year I read Donna Freitas's, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy (New York: Basic Books, 2013). It speaks to the issue and I recommend it. Below I'll add a selection pertinent to the topic:

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 24, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    To some people, sexual assault is freedom of expression, and equality.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    Yes, it's great to go after the perps, assign Commissions and issue deadlines for impact.

    But when will real men and women step up to the plate and deal with the causes? The symptoms are plentiful, but parents and educators are our frontline, not politicians or pundits.

    This is an epidemic of our own making. Hollywood and the entertainment industry just rake in the proceeds of our complicity. 10-15 year olds can't attend concerts on their own. Let's be honest, if nothing else, and stop pointing fingers.

    Congrats, Mr. President. Now let's see who's honest enough to share in the blame of why our great high-schoolers suddenly jump into a dangerous mix of alcohol and co-ed mayhem once they leave our abodes...

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    I say thanks to anyone focusing on this problem. The failures in this tragedy are obvious: Parents have responsibility for their kids right up and until they walk out the door. So suddenly 18-21 year olds morph into unforseen rapists?

    Parents are failing to educate, protect or empower their offspring.

    Way to go America. Let the public schools educate your children, let their peers influence their movies and party choices, let them decide what to access on TV/social media. Spend a fortune on their college and ignore what they're doing there. Don't be shocked when the ugliness rears its head in even our prestigious military academies either. Don't be surprised when newborns are thrown into garbage cans: You let their amoral educators dictate abortion rights and personal freedoms.

    We are fast approaching India's mob-rape mentality. I'll take any assistance that protects my three daughters on campus.

    Don't shoot the messenger. Fight the promotion of substance abuse, pornography, abortion, promiscuity. Teach the sanctity of all life, which includes a woman's choice of participation.

    Parents, we have failed somewhere. Let's look at our methods and support our President's efforts.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    @ GaryO:

    I fully intended to refute your reply to my original comment with further obvious examples (Fast and Furious, the IRS, etc).
    But when I got to the part where you stated "Obamacare is a boon to our country and it's citizens”, it became obvious I no longer needed to. That statement alone caused you to lose all credibility.

    A solid majority in our country no longer favor or approve of Obamacare. And considering how they were lied to so many times in order to get it sold and passed, it's little wonder. After all, “You can keep your current insurance plan and your doctor if you want to. Period!”
    On top of that, how would you rate it's roll-out?

    It's no wonder Time magazine awarded Obama as the author of the “lie of the year”. And why the Washington Post gave him their 4-Pinocchios award.

    But the worst is yet to come when the employer mandate section kicks in later this year. It will be interesting to see if you still want to call this mammoth debacle a boon to our country after that happens.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Rape victims are just that. However, our permissive society has a lot to do with the problem. President Obama should look more at the breakdown of morality in our society and permissiveness among the young in the name of "freedom of expression" as a prime cause of the problem. Drugs and alcohol are used quite freely at these college parties by both males and females. Since males are the more aggressive of the species, normal inhibitions are suppressed. Women have to know what happens when they place themselves in such a volatile environment. Rape means that once a woman says no that you stop. However, just how do you stop a male who is fueled with drugs and alcohol. One of the answers in a common sense approach would be for the universities to take more responsibility in the control of alcohol. Many of these parties are on campus and involve underage drinkers. Unfortunately, universities are afraid to crack down and be charged with inhibiting freedom. Golden Tate is a star wide receiver for Seattle. While at Notre Dame, he had deep problems with alcohol. The university cracked down. Once the coach complained, the university fired the campus monitor.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    Really Tator?

    "A good political tactic is to try to deflect attention when necessary... just as Obama is now trying to do after the Obamacare and Benghazi debacles?"


    Nobody, aside from Right Wing Extremists, is much concerned about those phony so-called "scandals."

    Why would phony charges leveled by extremist ideologues stop our President from doing his job?

    Get real.

    Benghazi was sad in that four American killed, but it's not a scandal. And GW's WMD scandal was at least a thousand times worse, with over 4,000 Americans killed.

    Obamacare is not a debacle, anymore than the Social Security roll out, with all it's difficulties back in the 1930's, was a debacle.

    It's a boon to the nation and its citizens.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 22, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    Has anyone seen what's on TV shows, commercials, theaters, and political civil rights?

    No wonder we have an sexual assault epidemic!

  • jcobabe Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    While I'm happy to hear of such efforts being made, it is interesting to see this administration pointing to long-outstanding issues, in order to avoid drawing any more public attention to more immediate areas of consistent failure. Far too many current issues are being brushed aside. While I endorse the idea of putting mistakes behind you, I also believe that those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    A good political tactic is to try to deflect attention when necessary... just as Obama is now trying to do after the Obamacare and Benghazi debacles. This one will also help in trying to maintain young voter patronage.

    Though this is a good cause, there isn't one thing mentioned in the White House report that hasn't been known by law enforcement agencies for a very long time. It's one thing to bring a problem to light. That's the easy part. It's another thing altogether to actually do something significant about it. Time will tell.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    If this has really reached epidemic proportions, is it too obvious to suggest, for starters, not attending parties where drugs and alcohol prevail? I'm not talking about just college women, but also men. Both drugs and alcohol lower inhibitions, decrease self-control, make it more difficult to fend off and later identify and testify against an attacker. Secondly, there needs to be a culture shift where rape is not acceptable among men, and where other men will stand up against an attacker and stop the attack against an inebriated or passed out woman. It may sound old-fashioned, but a real man wouldn't stand idly by while someone else is being attacked, whether sexual or otherwise.