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Sunday, October 11, 2009

You're more likely to end up on the ground than the roof.

Photo by: Loree McDonald
College life is all about the late-nights. There are the late-night parties, the late-night study sessions, and of course the late-night phone calls home when you're at a party that gets busted by the police. But what about those late-nights when you become so intoxicated you can't remember them? Or the late nights you don't remember at all, even when you only had two drinks.

Those are the nights all college students should be afraid to experience. One of the scariest experiences that can happen in college is when a girl goes to a party, wakes up in a strange place, and has no recollection of the previous night's events. Disoriented, sore, and nauseous the unsuspecting girl will go home and take a shower, destroying any evidence of rape or sexual abuse from the night before. This sequence of events can happen quite often, and without the precautionary steps for prevention, someone close to you could experience this very same situation.

In a study published by the OUDaily in September, it was reported that: "90 percent of all campus rapes, including acquaintance rape, are alcohol-related." This is a shocking figure and should not be taken lightly by any young students on college-campuses. An OU junior, who asked to remain anonymous, shared her story about her not-too-distant brush with this same issue. On a normal college weekend, this student went out to a fraternity house with some friends. She ended up having a little too much to drink, and was persuaded by one of her friends, who was a member in the fraternity, to come upstairs to his room. Once upstairs he completely took advantage of her and she was unable to stop him. After he had "finished" he left her crying on the floor and she was left to collect herself and walk home alone. She unfortunately had a class with him three days a week, and for the rest of the year she sat baring this terrible secret by herself.

This is a common occurrence among college females, and there are a few steps everyone should take when going out:

1) Never go out alone, always have a group and a ride planned.
2) Never set your drink down anywhere and if you do, get a new one.
3) It is more advisable to make your own drink, because you cannot know what has been put into a prepared drink.
4) Strangers and friends both have the ability to take advantage of you, be cautious.
5) If an occurrence of rape or abuse takes place, go to the doctor immediately to retrieve any evidence left over. If you should wish to place charges, this will come into use.
6) Don't be afraid to talk to someone about any incidence that has occurred.


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3 Comments:

At October 12, 2009 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Julie J said...

Loree,
This is an important story to cover. Kudos on that. Do not forget, though, that you need to talk to experts in the field - OU Women's Outreach is at least one source to consult. Also, next week - 5 graphs! On the photo, turn that flash off to get away from the blasty look ;-) julie

 
At October 12, 2009 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Ana Valentine said...

loree,

I love love love your title. it was so creative and made me want to read what you wrote.

-Ana

 
At October 12, 2009 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Courtney Silva said...

Loree,

I thought your article was really good and informative. The title was clever as well. Good job!

--Courtney

 

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