The problem with the media's coverage of sexual assault

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  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    June 21, 2015 1:08 p.m.

    Hmm... I wonder how many of those rapists view pornography?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 21, 2015 12:36 p.m.

    How should the media report rape cases? That it's always the victim's fault because she showed shoulder skin?

  • DanB Portland, OR
    June 21, 2015 11:48 a.m.

    I know it. I Live it. I Love it, you hit the nail on the head. "Our government can only function with a moral and religious people. Otherwise innocent people get hurt. Good is evil. Evil is good."

    Amen, and unfortunately, that is not the direction the people of this country are headed. As Rudyard Kipling wrote about the English Empire in his hymn, God of our Fathers Known of Old:

    Far-called, our navies melt away;
    On dune and headland sinks the fire.
    Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
    Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
    Judge of the nations, spare us yet,
    Lest we forget, lest we forget.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 21, 2015 7:34 a.m.

    Rape is not about sex. I hard time convincing a friend that. It is an act of violence and should bwe treated as such. To much blaming the victim in cases of sexual assault. There is never an acceptable excuse for sexual assault.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    June 20, 2015 11:36 p.m.

    Another point...

    Every spring break there are people drinking, drugging, and messing around. I'm not saying that's the exclusive cause of assault. I'm just picturing a courtroom in which the majority of citizens have participated in such events. At very least, the majority of America isn't necessarily stone-cold sober. My point is, if a courtroom were full of drunks, judging a drunk... how could they tell where will-power started and ended?

    While that may sound like an awfully judgmental comment, it's not. I'm only remarking on one of the points in the article, which is that the culture of behavior here is changing and what people accept as voluntary is also. I don't think this is as simple as reporters using better language. I believe if popular culture changes, clarity over assault and voluntary will only grow more muddled and the people two different courtrooms may be entirely incongruous, depending on cultural acceptance of the judge, jury, etc.

    I'm starting to really think our government can only function with a moral and religious people. Otherwise innocent people get hurt. Good is evil. Evil is good.

  • AST Orangeville, UT
    June 20, 2015 10:11 p.m.

    I agree with KarlGatling. Rape is a felony and those accused are entitled to due process, meaning a jury trial, in a court of competent jurisdiction with an opportunity to confront their accuser(s), together with the right of appeal, etc.

    What is happening, however, is that young men are being accused and expelled from college without any due process.

    However, this is why the recent report that there is a 70% backlog in testing the rape kits obtained by the police is so alarming.

    The idea of men "getting women drunk" when they are legal adults strikes me as contrary to the feminist dogma that seems to dominate our colleges. Unless alcohol is being forced upon women, they have the same problem charging rape as drunken driver have claiming they weren't at fault when they crash their cars. Most such cases deal with two drunken partners having sex and then the woman claiming it was rape, when there is doubt as to whether force was used.

    My advice to women is not to go drinking with men, period. But especially not at college parties when overconsumption is so frequent as to give one notice ahead of time.

  • KarlGatling Sandy, UT
    June 20, 2015 7:11 p.m.

    The problem with the media's coverage of sexual assault is that the media assumes that the man involved is guilty, especially if that person is white. The Rolling Stone travesty, the "Mattress Girl" debacle, and the Duke lacrosse team incident are just some of the more visible examples of how the media is so desperate to push their narrative that men are rapists that they are willing to overlook facts and fabricate stories that conform to their agenda. Furthermore, attempts to broaden the definition of "sexual assault" beyond the traditional legal definitions are simply an attempt to try to make the problem look larger than it really is. Actual sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses have been declining. Only by fabricating stories and changing the definitions of what constitutes sexual assault can the media claim that it's a crisis.