USC Student Says Campus Police Dismissed Her Rape Because the Guy Didn't Orgasm

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Jul 24, 2013 at 7:00pm | Leave a comment

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'Um, seriously?!'

Get ready for your daily dose of Awful, Terrifying, Sad, Shocking, Discouraging, and All-Around Vile news. According to the Huffington Post, an anonymous student at USC (University of Southern California) claims that, after she called campus police to report being raped, the officers told her WHOOPS, no -- actually, she was mistaken. See, no rape had occurred (according to these asshats who weren’t there and had no semblance of a clue), because the alleged assailant DIDN'T HAVE AN ORGASM.

Apparently the cops went as far as to explain, "Even though his penis penetrated your vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime."

So, are you puking up your dinner yet, or just -- like me -- quietly screaming into your hands? I can’t. It’s too much. Where are these imbeciles getting their information? Are they GETTING any information? Or are we just plucking any old rando bros off the street and handing them guns and badges now? (Wait, please don’t answer that.) How is it possible that these cops wouldn’t know the definition of rape?  Um, they knew; they just DIDN'T CARE. Which is, to me, even more offensive and disturbing. As Jezebel noted, it’s "just science. And biology. And a special kind of dumb."

Pretty much. The notion of a cop (or anyone else, for that matter) truly believing that a rapist not getting off somehow negates their rape -- that legitimate rape (ew) is contingent on the guy "finishing" -- is ludicrous, obviously, and evil on so many levels. It also conveniently ignores the fact that rape is about power more than sex (which I thought was pretty common knowledge at this point, but maybe not). Thinking about it makes me feel vomitous, so I'm having trouble using my words -- but it's just such a foul display of apathy and idiocy by people paid to enforce the law and, supposedly, protect our college kids. Not to be dramatic, but I'd honestly love to know how those officers are sleeping at night.

OK, pukey vent-spew over. Anyway, adding a nice little smattering of insult to the already-massive injury reportedly inflicted on this girl, the cops also refused to report her case to the LAPD. And then, apparently, a student judicial affairs official used a similar excuse as the cops' above (the "he didn't finish" thing) to dismiss her claims and let her alleged assailant go, scot-free, with no court process of any kind.

Though that USC victim's story seems to be the most shocking, she wasn't alone in her accounts of being dismissed and mistreated by campus police. Per HuffPo, the school is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights after a Title IX complaint was filed in May. Multiple students -- more than 13 -- came forward to complain about the cops not adequately responding to their assaults; they say they "suffered from extensive failures on the part of USC administrators and the Department of Public Safety in responding to reports of sexual violence on campus."
 
According to the complaint, when another student went to report a sexual assault at a frat party, an officer felt it was the perfect time to whip out some tired old blame-the-victim bullsh*t, informing her that women shouldn’t "go out, get drunk and expect not to get raped." The complaint also claims that even when students were found guilty of sexual assault, some were given minimal punishments, such as a “formal letter to stay away from the victim” (gee, thanks -- effective!) and were allowed to finish school and graduate.

Reportedly, the lead complainant, Tucker Reed, said USC dismissed her claim that her ex had raped her, even though she'd provided "audio recordings of him admitting to it," and at one point "a USC official told her the goal was to offer an 'educative' process, not to 'punish' the assailant." (Nice to know you care, guys.) As Reed told HuffPo, "The problems are rampant within every department, pretty much every service on campus...There is an overwhelming disregard for women and students going through obvious trauma, and they traumatized them further."

Yep, that much is scarily, painfully clear.

Campus sex assault isn’t just an issue at USC, obvs; the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is doing similar investigations at Occidental College, Swarthmore College, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The original HuffPo story has gotten more than 14,000 "likes" as of this writing (that's a lot), and it's starting to get picked up by more media outlets, which is great. I just hope all the attention goes deeper than momentary "WTFs" and "OMGs" regarding the outrageous "no orgasm" thing -- because obviously the problems at USC (and other schools nationwide) run much, much deeper.