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Why is your daughter more likely to get gangraped at a fraternity on an American campus than anywhere else in the world?

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Why is your daughter more likely to get gangraped at a fraternity on an American campus than anywhere in the world?

It must be some kind of group bonding for demeaning women and inflating the male Ego. A cult of assault and shame against the physically weaker gender.

All my logic skills can not understand any gratification or pleasure out of doing physical and emotional harm to a helpless girl.

These are well to do kids from good homes.

What went wrong raising your boys, mom and dad?

The moms and dads of the victims want to know why your son severely damaged their daughter.

This topic is very personal, my girlfriend was gangraped by a fraternity one night.

She was only a sophomore, 19. Some Fraternities prey on the younger freshman and sophomores girls.

I saw her reputation, confidence, self worth and life be destroyed in a night.

It is a sickening and helpless thing to witness. Life stops, the person you loved will never be the same, quiet loving moments will never happen again.

A nice 19 year old coed had her dreams destroyed, replaced by public humiliation and terror.

Shockingly, the fraternity bragged about their assault on that small campus.

Every meal she had to walk by the ten guys who assaulted her.

She had guts but was dying inside from the shame she felt.

I write this to bring attention, to support change, stiff penalties and an active administration overseeing fraternities.

Thoughts?

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15 percent of female undergraduates at UT have been raped, survey says

The University of Texas at Austin campus (2016 File Photo/The New York Times)

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AUSTIN — Fifteen percent of undergraduate female students surveyed at the University of Texas at Austin said they’ve been raped, according to a statewide study that the UT system will soon release.

“The first injustice committed in every assault or inappropriate behavior is the act itself, but the second injustice is often the silence of the community surrounding the survivor,” UT-Austin President Gregory L. Fenves told The Dallas Morning News. “We must not be silent anymore, and we must not be afraid to face the very real problems that exist at our university and in society in general.”

Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, broke the news of the forthcoming survey Thursday morning when she mentioned the 15 percent figure during debate on a bill she has written to penalize college staff and some students who fail to report incidents of sexual assault on campus. The bill — along with four other campus rape bills debated this week — was filed after years of scandals at Baylor University.

“Fifteen percent of women who go to their university are raped. Raped. That’s unacceptable,” Huffman said. “It’s beyond troubling. It’s shocking.

“It’s unacceptable and it has to stop.”

Multiple bills to fight campus rape have been filed by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers acknowledge that the state needs to address scandals like the one at Baylor University.

The UT system is expected to release the survey’s results in the coming weeks, UT-Austin officials confirmed.

The study was comprehensive, surveying 28,000 students during the 2015 academic year at 13 UT academic and health campuses. A project of the School of Social Work’s Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, this survey is just the first round. A second one will be repeated in two years, the system said when it announced in 2015 that it would be undertaking “the nation’s most comprehensive study on sexual assaults ever conducted in higher education.”

System officials did not release more comprehensive data that would help to put the figure Huffman cited into context. That information will be released when the entire systemwide study comes out within the next 10 days, they said.

But UT-Austin officials confirmed the veracity of the number, saying 15 percent of the female undergraduate students they surveyed said they were “raped, either through force, threat of force, incapacitation or other forms of coercion such as lies and verbal pressure.”

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“My damage was internal, unseen. I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”

Chanel Miller, left, has written a memoir about dealing with the Brock Turner, right, sexual assault case. 

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On June 2, 2016, these words were spoken by a 23-year-old woman in a California courtroom.

She was addressing Brock Turner, a Stanford University student who was facing sentencing after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault. The night of the attack, Turner—then nineteen and a member of Stanford’s swim team—had been chased down and apprehended by two international graduate students.

They’d witnessed Turner accosting a half-naked, unconscious woman outside of a party on campus—the same woman now standing before him in court.

“I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water,” the woman continued, relaying her experience in emergency care, “and decided I don’t want my body anymore.

I was terrified of it . . . I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else.”

Unbeknown to Turner, the statement being read to him would be seen over 14 million times online in the following week. It would also be read, live and uninterrupted for 25 minutes, on CNN.

People were shocked and disturbed as the young woman—who remains unidentified to the public—detailed the psychological wreckage she’d endured in the aftermath of the assault: relentless anxiety, overwhelming shame, and chronic nightmares of being assaulted and unable to wake up.

Equally appalling to many was the lenient sentence Turner received: six months in a county jail instead of a potential 14 years in state prison.

The judge presiding over the case, himself a Stanford graduate, feared that a longer jail term would have a “severe impact” on Turner and negatively affect his Olympic aspirations—a topic frequently mentioned at trial.

In a character-witness letter to the court, Turner’s father wrote that Brock was being harshly punished for “20 minutes of action” and “had never been violent to anyone,” including the night of the assault.

The day after the verdict, I found myself at a café watching my closest friend read the victim’s statement.

It was haunting to witness her absorb the words. This was a friend who’d taught me about sexism—who’d raised my awareness about the social norms that objectified her as a woman, and shielded men like Turner in court.

It was also someone I loved.

Watching her eyes fill with tears, I felt a mix of anger and helplessness.

Virtually all the women in my life—my friend included—had been the victim of sexual violence.

She viscerally understood the agitation, flashbacks, and isolation that Turner’s victim had described.

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