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"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.

Letter to
Dean, Yale College Mary Miller
President, Yale University Richard Levin
"No means yes. Yes means anal!" This pro-rape statement was chanted by Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges as they marched around Old Campus, where they knew first-year women are housed.

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, according to a former Women's Center board member.

After facing outrage, 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.

Please take real administrative action against the DKE fraternity and its leadership, starting with putting the fraternity on suspension, requiring sexual assault awareness training, and bringing in the fraternity leadership and rush chairs for disciplinary hearings. I also ask that you increase your sexual assault prevention programs and funding so that these kinds of incidents don't continue to occur.

Finally, I join with Yale alums and students in asking that President Leavin publicly denounce this fraternity action to make the commitment to rape prevention and keeping Yale women safe clear.