Amber Alert: One bad apple in the bunch


Amber KinneyBoth

Recently, I read an article featured on entitled “Frat brothers rape 300% more. One in 5 women is sexually assaulted on campus. Should we ban Frats?” The author of this article is Jessica Valenti.

If you are interested in reading this horrible piece, you can just Google the title. It should pop up.

Here is why it’s such a terrible article:

First of all, she is voicing her opinion. Which, trust me, I do not have a problem with.

What I do have an issue with is using statistics that, in my opinion, are wrong.

Some of the statistics she used: “numerous studies have found that men who join fraternities are three times more likely to rape, that women in sororities are 74% more likely to experience rape than other college women, and that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in four years away at school.”

I have issues with these statistics. I was in a sorority and I didn’t get raped and nobody I know did either.

Maybe it’s because Wayne is a safe place, I’m not sure, but to throw that out there makes all sororities look bad.

And to say the men in fraternities are more likely to rape is just ridiculous. It’s not the fraternity or sorority, it’s the person.

Valenti wrote the story after an incident and investigation at a Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Police are currently investigating the fraternity after several women were found labeled with red and black X’s on their hands after they had to be hospitalized with memory lapses from intoxication at a fraternity party.

Now she wants to ban all fraternities and sororities. What really grinds my gears is that she thinks all fraternities and sororities are the same.

They are not the same. Bad fraternities and sororities come from bad people.

Before you go saying these organizations make rapists and victims, let’s look at the people and how they were raised. Being in a fraternatity isn’t the only factor in becoming a rapist.

Also, often it’s not a member of the fraternity that is committing the crime. It just seems to happen at their parties. What it really comes down to is being aware of your surroundings at parties.

Ladies, bring your own alcohol to a party. Put it in a bottle and have it already mixed if you are doing a mixed drink.

Now this should be a no-brainer, but do not leave your drink sitting somewhere.

Keep ahold of it at all times or let somebody you came with and trust hold it. Lastly, don’t let yourself get too intoxicated. Have control of yourself. Bad things won’t happen to you if you have the right set of mind and can defend yourself.

The fact that Valenti wants to ban all fraternities and sororities is like a slap to the face. Can you really be that ignorant to not see that they are not all the same?

I know the fraternity that is under investigation is TKE, but I know a member of the Lambda Chi chapter in Wayne State College’s TKE fraternity would never do that.

That right there tells you that even the same fraternity isn’t, in fact, the same.