Summit: Presentation by Joanne Belknap

Alcohol and drugs do not cause sexual abuse and that’s probably one of the most controversial things I feel like I have said in all of this. People’s basic values don’t change when they’re high or drunk. That I may drink and sing karaoke in a bar, but I don’t drink and hit my child, I don’t drink and kick my dog. That I may do some things that I don’t have the courage to do such as, you know, singing karaoke, that I don’t otherwise, but I’m not going to go out and roll down my window and yell racial epithets when I’m drunk. To say that people suddenly have a completely different value system on what is right or wrong, we have to be really careful about that.

via Summit: Presentation by Joanne Belknap.




1. Four out of five female undergraduates surveyed at Canadian universities said that they had been victims of violence in a dating relationship. Of that number, 29% reported incidents of sexual assault. (W. DeKeseredy and K. Kelly, “The Incidence and Prevalence of Woman Abuse in Canadian University and College Dating Relationships: Results From a National Survey,” Ottawa: Health Canada, 1993)

2. A survey on date rape showed that 60% of Canadian college-aged males indicated that they would commit sexual assault if they were certain they would not get caught. (Helen Lenskyj, “An Analysis of Violence Against Women: A Manual for Educators and Administrators,” Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1992)

3. According to Statistics Canada, only 6% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police. (Statistics Canada, “The Violence Against Women Survey,” The Daily, November 18, 1993)

4. Only 1% of all date rapes are reported to police. (Diana Russell, Sexual Exploitation: Rape, Child Abuse and Workplace Harassment, California: Sage Publishing, 1984)

Via Holly’s Fight For Justice, See full list of stats linked above.

Feds Launch Inquiry Into Sexual Harassment At Yale : NPR

April 6, 2011 from WNPR Warning: There is language in this story that some people may find objectionable.

Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

The inquiry comes just Washington spelled out higher education’s new legal obligations to respond to sexual violence.

Vice President Biden announced the federal guidelines during an April 4 speech at the University of New Hampshire. He said when it comes to sexual abuse, it’s quite simple.

“No means no, if you’re drunk or you’re sober. No means no if you’re in bed, in a dorm or on the street. No means no even if you said yes at first and you changed your mind. No means no,” Biden said.

But Yale students pledging to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chanted this about rape as they marched around campus last year: “No means yes, yes means anal. No means yes, yes mean anal.”

The incident was posted on YouTube, and, according to Yale junior Alexandra Brodsky, is just the latest in a string of female harassment incidents on the Ivy League campus.

Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

via Feds Launch Inquiry Into Sexual Harassment At Yale : NPR.

Sexual Violence on University Campuses

“I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue — the rape — was just kind of swept under the carpet,” Lietz, 22, told AOL News in a phone interview. Lietz’s attacker pleaded guilty and is serving jail time. But the university, she says, never told her if he received any disciplinary action from the school, where she first reported the crime.

via Obama Administration Addresses Sexual Violence on University Campuses.

Further Reading re: sexual assault on college campuses go to Sexual Assault On Campus, A Frustrating Search for Justice  Artices and key findings from the Center for Public Integrity