Rape and College Women

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In Emily Yoffe's article, “College Women: Stop getting drunk”, it's implied that if alcohol is consumed less by women in campuses, the occurrence of rape would be minimized if not completely eliminated. I concur with this article for a myriad of reasons and view the article as a necessary read for any college age young woman wishing to familiarize themselves with the going on of campus life. This article wins my support and approval, for if more girls and women were warned of the impending dangers of drinking alcohol in copious amounts in an effort to 'fit in' they would most certainly be better equipped to make rational decisions to avoid sexual assault. One of the recurring messages within the article is ways in which women can prevent alcohol-facilitated assaults such as a reduction in alcohol consumption. Unfortunately there is a belief that telling a woman she cannot drink to match the drinking of a male counterpart can be misconstrued to seem sexist. Physically and biologically men and women are as different as the sun and the moon; it's safe to say drinking too much whether at a friend’s place, campus, or any other type of social gathering for young men and women. In the article, Yoffe contends that one of the ways alcohol consumption in college can be curbed is lowering the drinking age from 21 years (Yoffe, 2013). I firmly believe this would be one of the first steps towards reducing the occurrence of sexual assault in campuses. The idea of binge drinking is a tradition that affects all concerned, men and women, hopefully further investigation and literature into lowering the drinking age can be produced and made available to colleges and universities worldwide. The occurrence of rape in campuses usually coincides with alcoholism amongst students. Pointing out that women should reduce their drinking habits is not victim shaming as has been implied many…...

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