Miami University is under fire following the discovery of a flier that advertises how to rape women in a co-ed freshman dorm bathroom last weekend.
Entitled "Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape", the flier touts that "practice makes perfect. The more you rape the better you get at it." Amongst other gems, the flier also advises would-be rapists to "never take pictures or give your phone number to the girl you rape", and "if you're afraid the girl will identify you, slit her throat."
While the offensive flier barely ruffled the feathers of Miami University officials, some students are outraged.
The flier was found over the weekend at McBride Hall, and reported it on Monday. Miami's vice president for student affairs, Barbara Jones, opted not to alert students of the incident because in her opinion it did not pose an immediate threat.
Jones said that the flier was "reprehensible", but noted:
"All of our evidence shows it was confined strictly to McBride Hall."
"I read the flier. I was shocked. It has no place on our campus or any other campus."
Following the discovery of the flier, Miami officials held a mandatory meeting for male students at McBride Hall. In addition, they launched a campus police investigation, and increased campus police presence at McBride Hall.
Kate Van Fossen, a Miami University junior and the vice president of the Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVE), told reporters that she doesn't think the school is taking it seriously enough, stating:
"It could have been a joke, but the fact of the matter is that those thoughts are crossing someone’s mind. There are girls living in a hall where someone came up with that. It’s just disturbing."
Van Fossen added:
'If I wasn’t involved with WAVE I wouldn’t have known about this incident. The university is brushing this issue ... under the rug."
Van Fossen also said that school officials denied her request to send a notice out to students.
Between 2009 through 2011, 27 sexual assaults have been reported on the Miami University campus. 19 of those incidents were alleged to have occurred in dorms. Numbers for 2012 haven't been released.