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Three rapes reported on Stanford University campus

Original post made on Apr 10, 2021

Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three rapes on the campus over a three-week period in March, the department has confirmed in an email.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 10, 2021, 9:01 AM

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Posted by Lester Devins
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

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How does one confirm a non-student assailant VS a student assailant?

Is acquaintantship the reference point?

Reason for asking, even in high school not everybody knows everybody and a university campus is considerably larger in terms of overall student population.

And why no assailant descriptions based on color?

Is this no longer PC?

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Apr 10, 2021 at 9:31 am

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Posted by Jason Whitman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 10, 2021 at 10:28 am

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2021 at 11:59 am

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Sadly, this happens on all college campuses, but 40% is extremely high. Is it happening more often, being reported more often or has Stanford broadened their definition? Very troubling.

Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 11, 2021 at 8:35 am

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It is unacceptable that Stanford fails to issue timely warnings pursuant to the Clery Act when the students know each other. That sends the outdated message that being raped by an acquaintance is less serious than being raped by a stranger, and that men who rape acquaintances are less dangerous or less likely to be serial rapists. It also reinforces victim blaming myths of rape culture which assumes that this was a misunderstanding on a date instead of a vicious crime. Stanford's failure to issues these warnings deprives students of knowing of the dangers in their surroundings.

Posted by Zhao Zhiang
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 11, 2021 at 9:29 am

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Posted by Bob
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 11, 2021 at 10:45 am

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Posted by Lynne Henderson
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2021 at 1:09 pm

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I agree with Prof. Dauber. I am sick and tired of the perpetuation of the myth that rape is only committed by strangers--alas, the term "acquaintance rape", created by anit-rape advocates in the late 80's/early 90's to capture the vast majority of sexual assaults now has become yet another term for "consent dense")
If I had a passing acquaintance with the creep who subsequently broke into my home, beat me up, and raped me in 1981, guess no one would have cared or prosecuted him. Guess the same thing goes on today. . . my heart goes out to the victim/survivors.

Posted by Barry Stein J.D.
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2021 at 1:51 pm

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Plaintiffs and victims should sue Stanford University in civil court (for damages and negligence).

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