Franciscan University and Sexual Assault

I was surfing on Facebook a little while ago when I came upon an article that one of my college classmates posted:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/steubenville-vows-stop-sexual-assault-victims-need-convincing

(No, this article does not belong to me.)

I remember, years ago, when I was a student at Franciscan University, my girlfriend at the time (who was also the editor of the student newspaper), had told me about a woman she interviewed who had been raped by another student.

At the time, I was incredulous.

After all, who would sexually assault/rape/abuse a woman at an outspokenly Catholic university?

Eight years ago, unfortunately, I was that naive.

Now, though? It doesn’t surprise me at all.

It’s a trap that many of us fall into.

“There’s no way anyone would get raped at that school! It’s a nice Catholic college.”

Or: “He’s an upstanding, educated man. There’s no way he would sexually assault anyone.”

The most infuriating part about this article is the part where Catherine Heck, assistant Vice President of Student Life at Franciscan, suggested that since a student orgasmed during an assault, that meant that she enjoyed it and, therefore, could not be classified as an “assault.”

Has this woman never read any piece of literature on sexual assault?

Has this woman never watched an episode of Law and Order: SVU?

Reaching orgasm DOES NOT nullify the sexual assault/rape that one endured in that moment.

Nor does it mean that she “enjoyed it.”

As a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, I expect better.

Quit worrying about the school’s image and do the right thing.

Don’t blame the victim.

Period.

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