Rape: When does “no” mean no?

By: Brandi Giles

The topic of rape remains on the minds of some students now since the play “Race” opened, which explores the topic in-depth.  Head nurse of student services Walretta Chandler believes that many campus related rapes go unreported.

“In the ten years I’ve been here, I’ve told of two instances that occurred where a young lady says that she was forced…the men forced themselves upon her.”

Which summons the question: When does ‘no’ mean no?  Junior Wil Herrmuth says he knows when he’s crossing the line.

“If you’re in the moment, and things seem to be going good and you’re like, ‘Aw yea, I’m gonna score!’ And she’s like ‘No!’ Oh, you’ve gotta stop. No matter what. I mean you don’t wanna disrespect them, you don’t wanna get put in that position…it’s just better to say, ‘You know what? You’re right.'”

However Chandler doesn’t always think the word ‘no’ is used appropriately when it comes to intimacy.

“If you do not mean no, you should not use the word no. That’s what I’ve learned over the years.”

Words can sometimes be taken out of context, but when sophomore Robin Griffin says no, she means it.

“It’s the tone of my voice…sometimes you can be around somebody and say no, and they feel like you’re just playing because of the way you’re saying it.  If I want something, I’m not gonna say no.”

As seen with the recent rape scandal at Vanderbilt University involving members of the schools football team, some colleges draw bad publicity when it comes to reports campus rape.  Chandler proposes that to prevent cases of potential rapes from happening, one must start from the very beginning.

“Get to know one another on a friendly basis.  Go to a movie, go to dinner, go dutch…spend some time with that person.  You’ll be able to pick up on whether or not he’s going to respect your wishes.

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About tsunews1

Student Journalists at Tennessee State University in the Department of Communications from Nashville, TN.
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