Fox News host Bob Beckel thinks campus rape is something that rarely happens. Or, at least, that is what he SAID on Fox News yesterday. During a round table discussion about a Colorado bill that would allow women to carry concealed weapons to prevent sexual assault at colleges, The Five co-host Beckel said: "When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?"
Um, seriously? Naturally his co-hosts jumped on him and pointed out that, DUH, sexual assault is rampant on college campuses. One huge problem: college assault is rarely reported. According to NYU statistics, fewer than 5 percent of such cases are reported to law enforcement. But, in fact, the DOJ said that about a quarter of ALL college age women will be victims of some kind of sexual assault.
One QUARTER of women. That is insane. See below:
Those stats are crazy. And wrong. And as a woman who is currently halfway between my college experience and my daughter's, it needs to end. I knew so many women who were sexually assaulted during college and were simply too afraid to report it. And the reason is very similar to what Beckel said. "What? Are you going to shoot your date?"
Now, I am not usually a Fox News fan, but the response from the other anchor was priceless. In a nutshell it was: Yes. You shoot him if he's a rapist.
Regardless of whether or not we arm women to stop rape, which I happen to think is an insane idea, nothing will get done if our lawmakers don't realize there is a problem -- a HUGE one. And with people like Beckel, that is going to be hard.
How can anyone not know there is an issue with campus rape? As a woman, it's disturbing to me that a man could miss this. Maybe it's just him, but I spent four years taking drinks with me to the bathroom, never getting "too" drunk, and being awfully careful about who I spent time alone with, and that was 13 years ago.
It doesn't seem like much has improved in the decade since I left college. So what are we going to do about it? Guns aren't the answer. But I know what might be: Taking is seriously. KNOWING about it. Educating boys as well as girls. That seems to be the missing link here.
We should all be thanking Beckel for pointing it out. Because this is not just a "woman's issue." And if a man can miss the whole problem, it proves we aren't talking enough to men.
Can you believe Beckel said this?
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