Queens University Journal
6.27.16 | Kate Cole
Brock Turner case reiterates that sexual assault prevention begins with mandated education
I’d always known that coming to Queen’s warranted more responsibility.
Things like waking up in the morning without the help of my mother or making healthy eating choices, I expected. But coming from a country and a neighborhood where sexual assaults are a rare occurrence, I didn’t realize that walking with my keys gripped tightly in my fist late at night “just in case” would be one of them.
Personal responsibility has been placed at the forefront of conversations concerning sexual assault, often disregarding the important external factors that add to rape culture on university campuses.
In spite of it being the perpetrators’ actions that cause pain and suffering, victims are too often blamed for not being better prepared and able to evade attack, while broader environmental influences are forgotten in the process.
This is particularly evident in the case of Brock Turner, a star swimmer at Stanford University charged with rape, whose trial has recently become a public spectacle.