We live in a CITY, girls!
Come on, Georgetown students. We live in D.C. It’s an urban area, so SOMEONE’S going to get assaulted. Don’t let it be you!
At least, that’s what the students and reporters in this video seem to think:
Unfortunately, I can’t embed this video because it’s a Flash plugin and I’m using a free blog writer – whoops. Definitely click the link, though. You can follow along with some of my favorite quotes below!
“Keep in mind, the victim was walking around by herself. It was late at night, and victims are urging young people to be careful out there.”
“There are no walls separating us from the rest of the city, and I think students forget that sometimes.”
“Most students agree there is a disconnect about taking precautions on an urban campus, and unless that changes, young people will be at risk.”
“I’m sure there are some people who don’t take proper precautions. It’s unfortunate.”
But no mention of, “HEY WACKOS – STOP ATTACKING GEORGETOWN STUDENTS.” Nope, just “HEY GIRLS – DON’T GO OUTSIDE AT NIGHT.” Because telling me not to live my life is a much better solution than telling people not to break the damn law or have respect for other human beings.
“…they’re [the University] urging young people, especially women, not to walk alone at night, to take a taxi if necessary – ANYTHING – to stay safe.”
So, where are you guys at 2am?
Is it the library? That’s where I am. So is one of my best friends. She lived in LXR this year. Should she take a cab two blocks? Should she call a DPS officer every single night? What about my friend who worked on The Hoya and walked back from Leavy at 4am? Do we blame her if she gets assaulted because she was “walking around by herself” and “it was late at night?”
Wouldn’t you rather DPS were doing things like finding criminals instead of walking me home?
We live in a city, though. I keep forgetting. Someone’s going to get sexually assaulted – but it’s not because I stay in the library until 2am. It’s because ABC News and selected Georgetown students are blaming me for not taking the proper precautions. Sure, we’ll prosecute that guy if we find him – but come ON. That girl TOTALLY shouldn’t have been out by herself. Isn’t it kind of her fault, too, that someone fucking attacked her on 33rd street?
OH, and don’t forget to tell that to the girl who got assaulted in the Copley staircase. That girl TOTALLY shouldn’t have been walking down the stairs by herself. Don’t be the student who “doesn’t take precautions” – bring a buddy to do laundry in your own dorm! Better yet, CALL A TAXI! CALL DPS!
Sexual assault happens everywhere. It happens in cities and in rural areas, on 33rd street and in your GOcard-protected dorm. Instead of telling women what they can and cannot do, try reinforcing the idea that women are human beings, not objects to be dominated. Let’s protect women – and men – by reevaluating the way we examine sexual assault. Because this whole “we live in a city argument” is utter bullshit. You’re not unsafe because you live in a city. You’re unsafe because there are criminals.
There is nothing wrong with you.