Make the statement by Brock Turner's victim REQUIRED READING for college freshmen!

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By now, many of you will have read the unnamed victim/hero of the Stanford sexual assault trial's courageous and eloquent 12-page statement. If not, you can do so here:

I'm hoping that this deplorable case will prove to be the turning point in society's attitude to date rape and sports-stars rape in particular and to rape in general.

I believe that this statement should become required reading for EVERY student applying for a place at a centre of higher education, and that there should be a compulsory course for all first-term students on this subject, including student feedback. To quote just the last paragraph of this powerful statement:

"And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought every day for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you."

In my opinion, all young women leaving home for the first time need to read this.

And so do all young men who have been bombarded with messages of "When she say's no, she really means yes", "If she's wearing that, she's just asking for it", "They all want it", "Not saying 'no' is the same as saying yes (even if she is unconscious)", "If she didn't want sex, why did she get drunk?", and a long list of dangerous inanities.

All students, beginning to be independent of their parents and responsible for their own behaviour, need to know that their school's authorities will protect them whenever possible, support them when victimised, and punish them if they can't learn to respect others. It is WAY past time that university authorities stopped protecting their star athletes at the expense of rape victims. It is HIGH time that "star students" stopped believing that they can trample over basic decency towards others. (A survey carried out after the Brock Turner case indicated that HALF of the surveyed male college athletes admitted to having coerced women sexually. This must STOP!)