A flier posted in the men’s restroom at a Miami University freshman co-ed dorm offered pointers on the “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape,” from slipping roofies into a girl’s drink to drug her to slitting her throat so she can’t identify her attacker.
Tip 10 read: “RAPE RAPE RAPE, its (sic) college boys live it up!!”
Discovery of the flier last weekend prompted Miami University officials to call a mandatory meeting for male students at McBride Hall. They launched a police investigation that could result in internal disciplinary action for the student responsible if found. Police presence at the dorm was increased.
But leaders in a student organization that works to prevent sexual assault is criticizing Miami’s response, say it didn’t go far enough on a campus where at least 27 sexual assaults were reported since 2009. It’s an allegation that university officials deny.
Junior Kate Van Fossen, vice present of Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVE), said the university should have notified the student body, told them the behavior was unacceptable and wouldn’t be tolerated at Miami.
“If I wasn’t involved with WAVE I wouldn’t have known about this incident,” Van Fossen said Friday. “The university is brushing this issue … under the rug.”
She said she has since posted a picture of the rape flier on Facebook and more than 100 people have shared the post.
A resident assistant at McBride Hall found the flier over the weekend and reported it to the university’s Wellness Office on Monday, Van Fossen said.
She found out about it from the director of that office who passed the information to higher ups.
WAVE also contacted university officials encouraging them to send out a notice to students, Van Fossen said. That request went unanswered, she said.
“It could have been a joke, but the fact of the matter is that those thoughts are crossing someone’s mind. There are girls living in a hall where someone came up with that,” Van Fossen said. “It’s just disturbing.”