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  1. Jim Lowery says:

    Can you imagine reading this article and knowing your daughter lives in GK? Society tells parents that you are prudish to not expect sex between students (your kids) before marriage. Religious leaders even seem immune to speaking out against the scriptural guidelines. Knowledgable, articulate adults are embarassed to try and talk openly about this issue. Students think they are immune from reality when they place themselves in situations that set the stage for such assults. It amazaing that universities can teach a person how to be a good pharmacist or effective leader, yet the same effective teachings evade the subject of self protection. Makes a parent sleepless and fearful of a late-night telehone call! The excuse is that this is a sign of our time. I believe it is because we do not have the guts to care enough about each other to provide and protect those loved ones even when they may not understand that protection. People may be able to buy guys at a certain age, but that does not mean we provide guns in each dorm room to protect ourselves from each other. Wow!

  2. Jim Lowery says:

    Can you imagine reading this article and knowing your daughter lives in GK? Society tells parents that you are prudish to not expect sex between students (your kids) before marriage. Religious leaders even seem immune to speaking out against the scriptural guidelines. Knowledgable, articulate adults are embarassed to try and talk openly about this issue. Students think they are immune from reality when they place themselves in situations that set the stage for such assults. It amazaing that universities can teach a person how to be a good pharmacist or effective leader, yet the same effective teachings evade the subject of self protection. Makes a parent sleepless and fearful of a late-night telehone call! The excuse is that this is a sign of our time. I believe it is because we do not have the guts to care enough about each other to provide and protect those loved ones even when they may not understand that protection. People may be able to buy guys at a certain age, but that does not mean we provide guns in each dorm room to protect ourselves from each other. Wow!

  3. Matt Vasilogambros says:

    Readers:

    Keeping in mind that the task force must come up with a proposal by May 1, how do you change the environment at Drake University so that 1) we decrease the amount of sexual assaults and 2) women who are sexually assaulted feel it’s OK to report the crime to the authorities?

    Or, is three months too short to come up with real solutions? What are those solutions?

    Please be respectful in the debates.

    Thank you.

  4. Matt Vasilogambros says:

    Readers:

    Keeping in mind that the task force must come up with a proposal by May 1, how do you change the environment at Drake University so that 1) we decrease the amount of sexual assaults and 2) women who are sexually assaulted feel it’s OK to report the crime to the authorities?

    Or, is three months too short to come up with real solutions? What are those solutions?

    Please be respectful in the debates.

    Thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Drake deal with these types of situations in a serious manner? Everyone on campus knows to read the security reports for a good laugh. I don’t think these types of situations are funny….at all!

    January 28 3:11 a.m.
    Security responded to Jewett Residence Hall based on a report of an unconscious female. It was determined that an underage for drinking male student and a 21 year old female student had entered Jewett Residence Hall. According to the roommate of the male, both students entered the room and enjoyed each other’s company for awhile. They then left as the underage male needed to go to the bathroom to relieve his stomach of the alcohol. According to witnesses the female went to another male’s room with her pants down and sat on his desk. She then pulled up her pants and left the room. She went to another male’s room and walked up to his bed and began touching him in an exciting manner. She was intoxicated as was her male companion who had brought her to Jewett from a bar located in the 3000 block of Forest Avenue. The female was given a ride back to her residence in the 1300 block of 34th street

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Drake deal with these types of situations in a serious manner? Everyone on campus knows to read the security reports for a good laugh. I don’t think these types of situations are funny….at all!

    January 28 3:11 a.m.
    Security responded to Jewett Residence Hall based on a report of an unconscious female. It was determined that an underage for drinking male student and a 21 year old female student had entered Jewett Residence Hall. According to the roommate of the male, both students entered the room and enjoyed each other’s company for awhile. They then left as the underage male needed to go to the bathroom to relieve his stomach of the alcohol. According to witnesses the female went to another male’s room with her pants down and sat on his desk. She then pulled up her pants and left the room. She went to another male’s room and walked up to his bed and began touching him in an exciting manner. She was intoxicated as was her male companion who had brought her to Jewett from a bar located in the 3000 block of Forest Avenue. The female was given a ride back to her residence in the 1300 block of 34th street

  7. De says:

    Matt,

    I don’t know if this task force can come up with a solution in 3 months. This issue is more prevalent than I can ever remember in my years so far at Drake. Which, in a way, is a good thing. Victims are more willing to come forward. Whatever the solution is, it shouldn’t just focus on what potential victims should or shouldn’t do. It needs to be an all-encompassing solution.

    Maybe there needs to be more of the security light things. Maybe there needs to be an ID scanner before by all of the doors on all of the floors of the dorms so that people can be tracked. There should probably also be stricter enforcement of visitor sign in. The guest must leave a valid ID and sign in with a valid room number and a valid resident.

    I also think that the Health Center should have something on the weekends. Maybe an on-call number that students can call in this situation and they can be met at the Health Center for the appropriate care. This would also make scheduling any counseling needed easier

    Perhaps punishments for sexual assault should be more severe and more publicized. Because who really reads all of the student handbook?

    And as much as this may go against freedom of the press and free speech, maybe the TD needs to stop making breaking news of it every single time. Yes, students will find out through the grapevine, but I don’t think the stories in the TD make the victims feel any more comfortable about things.

    Bottom line is that victims need to feel more comfortable coming forward. They need to know that they’re going to have support every step of the way instead of feeling like they’re not going to be taken seriously or ashamed or embarrassed.

  8. De says:

    Matt,

    I don’t know if this task force can come up with a solution in 3 months. This issue is more prevalent than I can ever remember in my years so far at Drake. Which, in a way, is a good thing. Victims are more willing to come forward. Whatever the solution is, it shouldn’t just focus on what potential victims should or shouldn’t do. It needs to be an all-encompassing solution.

    Maybe there needs to be more of the security light things. Maybe there needs to be an ID scanner before by all of the doors on all of the floors of the dorms so that people can be tracked. There should probably also be stricter enforcement of visitor sign in. The guest must leave a valid ID and sign in with a valid room number and a valid resident.

    I also think that the Health Center should have something on the weekends. Maybe an on-call number that students can call in this situation and they can be met at the Health Center for the appropriate care. This would also make scheduling any counseling needed easier

    Perhaps punishments for sexual assault should be more severe and more publicized. Because who really reads all of the student handbook?

    And as much as this may go against freedom of the press and free speech, maybe the TD needs to stop making breaking news of it every single time. Yes, students will find out through the grapevine, but I don’t think the stories in the TD make the victims feel any more comfortable about things.

    Bottom line is that victims need to feel more comfortable coming forward. They need to know that they’re going to have support every step of the way instead of feeling like they’re not going to be taken seriously or ashamed or embarrassed.