Tell Yale to Discipline Fraternity for Pro-Rape Chant
  • Petitioned Mary Miller

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Dean, Yale College
Mary Miller
President, Yale University
Richard Levin

Tell Yale to Discipline Fraternity for Pro-Rape Chant

    1. Petition by

      Emily Stevens

      New York, NY

May 2011


In a stunning decision, the Yale administration decided to suspend Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity for five years. In most cases, fraternities engaging in egregious rape culture get off with a slap on the wrist -- that Yale took this incident so seriously can be credited to the constant pressure to take proper disciplinary action the administration felt.

Now, DKE International needs to get on board and discipline its offending chapter. Take action to tell DKE Internation to stop defending the Yale chapter's pro-rape chant.

"No means yes. Yes means anal!" What is this alarming pro-rape statement?

Why, it the little ditty that Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges chanted on Wednesday as they marched around Old Campus, where most first-years are housed. That means lots of 18-year-old women embarking on their first term of university life.

Other chants included "Fucking sluts" and "My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women, and fill them with my semen." This isn't the first time Yale has had this kind of misogynistic incident; in fact, it's not even the first time the "no means yes" chant has been used.

The fraternity is engaging in a discussion about sexual violence with the Women's Center, but this isn't enough. With one in four college women victims or rape or attempted assault during their time on campus, this is too serious an issue to let slide by without disciplinary action.

Broad Recognition, a feminist magazine at Yale, is calling for "real administrative action" to be taken against the fraternity and its leadership, who required impressionable pledges to voice pro-rape chants. They request, "Please join us in ask­ing that, this time around, Yale take action on behalf of its female stu­dents. Yale’s women have endured enough in this vein -- it must cease now."

You can add your support by signing this petition to tell Yale Dean Mary Miller and President Richard Levin to take action against DKE fraternity and improve sexual assault prevention on campus.

Recent signatures


    1. Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Victory! Yale suspends DKE fraternity for five years over pro-rape chant. But DKE International is speaking out against the anti-sexual violence stance:

    2. Success! Yale Finally Takes Action Following Frat's Pro-Rape Chant

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Five months ago, Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges marched around Yale's first-year dorms chanting: "No means yes, yes means anal!" They also shouted "sluts" a bunch and recited ditties about fucking dead women for good measure. This...

    3. Yale Fraternity Pledges Chant "No Means Yes" Outside First-Year Dorms

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      "No means yes. Yes means anal!" What is this alarming pro-rape statement? Why, it the little ditty that Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges chanted on Wednesday as they marched around Old Campus, where most first-years are housed. That...


    Reasons for signing

    • Jodi Moisan MUNCIE, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      These guys are pieces of shit and should be kicked off campus!!!

    • Jestina Bankert ZIONSVILLE, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      This is disgusting that those men think they can get away with it. I think harsh action should be taken against those students by Yale staff.

    • Carole Erickson WHITEFISH, MT
      • over 3 years ago

      The fraternity should immediately be suspended and banned from the Yale campus. It is time for the men in this country to become responsible for the sexual libidos of their fellow men. Men of character need to stand up and proclaim: "It is not acceptable for men to dehumanize women into nothing more than sexual objects to be harassed, insulted, made the butts of their jokes, assaulted, and raped."

      • over 3 years ago

      This needs to stop. First of all, think of the women on campus. College should not be a place of fear for students, especially when the frightening thing is a group of other students. It's shameful that this has even happened, and the fact that Yale tried to cover it up is flat out disgusting.

      • over 3 years ago

      Campus sexual assaults are epidemic across our country. Pick a geographic region and it's happening, and it's organized. Misogyny and sexism are gateway activities to assault. Rape is not consensual love making. Rape is violent. It robs the victim of innocence, time, and in many instances of campus coeds, their lives. Only 5% of young women come forward, making crime statistics for rape grossly under reported, leaving a multitude of young women silently suffering. Make a bold choice and support zero tolerance of this most abhorrent behavior. "My name is Jack..." speaks without question to acquaintance rape, which is premeditated, organized, criminal, and repugnant at best. To look the other way, nod and wink, consider it youthful shenanigans, minimize the savagery and the damage, and create a generation of violent predators. If you have a wife, a sister, a mother, or a daughter, you have a duty to uphold and demand civilized behavior. It's time to seriously punish the offenders. It's time to take away their Federal funding. It's time to make serious laws, much like the state of Illinois, with serious punishment for even the mere possession of a single dose of an "acquaintance date" drug. To not act is tacit complicity, and assures your guilt by the association. You are either for rape and condone it by virtue of your actions, or you are against this vile act and do not willingly allow young women to be harmed on your watch. There is no in between.


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