Flier found at Miami University in Ohio advises ‘Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape’

another day another incident at a university this time misogyny and sexism.

 

Flier found at Miami University in Ohio advises ‘Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape’

The note, which advises slitting victims’ throats, prompted a mandatory meeting for male students at McBride Hall and increased police presence. An anti-rape activist said the actions weren’t enough at a school where 27 sexual assaults have been reported since 2009.

Miami University in Ohio is under fire after a disturbing flier offering tips on how to rape women was found in the men’s bathroom of a coed freshman dorm.

The list, “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape,” tells readers that “practice makes perfect,” adding, “the more your rape, the better you get at it.”

“If you’re afraid that the girl will identify you, slit her throat,” the flier also advises.

A resident assistant at the dorm, McBride Hall, found the note on the weekend of Oct. 6 and reported it to university officials the following Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“I read the flier. I was shocked,” Barbara Jones, Miami’s vice president for student affairs, told the newspaper. “It has no place on our campus or any other campus.”

In response, the university organized a mandatory meeting for male students in the dorm, launched a police investigation and ramped up police presence in the hall.

But Kate Van Fossen, a junior at the university and vice president of Woman Against Violence and Sexual Assault, says the university should have done more, such as alerting the entire student body immediately after the incident.

 

A resident assistant at Miami University’s McBride Hall found this flier offering tips on rape in the men’s bathroom. The school has yet to identify the culprit. “Honesty is the best policy,” the flier says. “If the girl says she doesn’t want to have sex tell her you are going to get her a drink, slip some roofies in it and you’ll have her in bed in no time.”

The university issued a response to students this week, Van Fossen said, adding that while she “appreciated” the notice, it was too little too late.

“I don’t want to point fingers at the university,” she told the Daily News. “But it is so important for awareness to be pointed towards this incident because sexual assault does tend to be an issue that people brush under the rug.”

Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the university did not notify all students right away because the incident was “confined strictly to McBride Hall.”

Van Fossen, however, questioned how serious the university is about sexual assault prevention given that the school has not had a sexual assault prevention coordinator in a year.

“I was absolutely shocked,” she told the Daily News of the flier. “It brought tears to my eyes that someone on my campus, joking or not joking, came up with those things to say and posted them in a public place for other boys to see. You never know who [the poster] is reaching out to.”

At least 27 sexual assaults have been reported on campus since 2009, with 19 of the assaults allegedly occurring in dorms, according to the Miami University Police website.

Claire Wagner, the university’s director of news and public information, told the Daily News that officials have not yet identified the people responsible for the “awful” flier.

The culprit, however, will face several possible sanctions, including removal from the dorm, mandatory educational programs and suspension.