Recently, it became known that several girls were drugged at a party hosted by USC Fraternity Sigma Nu. This recent news has caused lots of outrage and protests have begun taking place. Something that was outrageous was the DPS report:
Use the buddy system; travel in pairs or a small group.
- ● Buy your own bottled/canned drinks and keep drinks within your own sight at alltimes.
- ● Arrange safe transportation to and from home (walking with a friend, using CampusCruiser or other ride share program such as the USC Safe Rides Program powered byLyft).
- ● Use the “Go Safe” feature of the USC Mobile Safety App powered by LiveSafe forconvenience.
- ● Walk in well-lit, populated travel paths.This is ridiculous because instead of holding the rapists accountable, DPS is trying to tell women what to do in order to avoid assault. Women already do all we can to avoid assault. We’re terrified of it and it’s something you always have to be aware of as a woman. This report has struck lots of outrage because it is something that continually keeps happening and isn’t being resolved or spoken about. 1 in 5 women experience sexual assault in college and most of the time the agressors are people they know. Sometimes it’s a friend or someone they’re in a relationship with that breaks their trust and commits this terrible act, not a random man that creeps in from a dark alleyway.
Instead of saying that women aren’t doing enough to protect themselves, men should be held accountable for their actions.