This happened in May 2006. Megan Wright was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by many men at Dominican College. She woke up to blood on her underwear, told her roommate she thought she’d been raped, and went to get a rape kit done. She told her parents, who then confronted the Dean of the school, and the Dean told them “this is the first day of finals” meaning that he couldn’t deal with the issue at hand. No one at the school helped her cope through the traumatic experience and she fell into a deep depression, ultimately suffocating herself to death.
This connects with another article I found on Associated Content about a 15 year old girl attending her homecoming dance in California and getting gang-raped in a back alley by older men in 2009.
Where is the help when you need it the most? These girls were gang-raped and no one sought to help them out; this goes into the bystander effect. What do you do when you see someone hurting someone else? Do you go out and help them or do you watch while they fall to their demise? According to the video, 1 in 5 women are raped and only 12% of women report it. Where are the resources to help these women cope? Wright’s parents stated that the school did nothing to help manage the depression. Ultimately, what are colleges’ strategies in dealing with rape crisis issues? Granted, there are counselors to speak with, but what are the necessary steps to ensure that student’s right to a safe education? The video also states that only 10-25% of men are actually expelled from college due to rape and sexual assault cases.
If you ever find yourself in a situation like Megan’s or her parents, find the support you need and handle it how it should be handled. Schools need to be on top of their game when it comes to issues like rape or sexual assault. Rape shouldn’t be one of those gray areas that administrators glaze over and pass from person to person. Take the necessary steps and speak up; there is hope for justice after all.