If the chant making headlines simply reflected on a couple of dozen students at a Halifax university, it would be troubling enough. But witnessing young people apparently unaware of the disgusting, inappropriate nature of the words suggests a deep problem.
For student orientation leaders at the head of this mass recitation that promotes guys having non-consensual sex with underage girls, the sensitivity training called for isn’t enough. Those people have shown they aren’t leaders, they’ve simply gone along with a pack mentality.
The video in question, taken during Saint Mary’s University frosh week activities, involved both males and females. Is the attitude among youth so prevalent that rape is OK, or inevitable, or funny, that people simply get swept up and go along with it?
The chant reportedly has been in use a number of years. It wasn’t a spur of the moment thing.
When the students involved were challenged, reportedly, they were remorseful and realized they’d done wrong. Ideally, it shouldn’t take getting caught to sort out what is wrong – let alone reprehensible.
As many have emphasized, this comes after continuing discussion following the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, the teen whose parents said her allegations of sexual assault weren’t taken seriously by authorities.
It’s incomprehensible that such a message hasn’t sunk in.
Perhaps, as some suggest, this was a case of young, exuberant people, and youths can sometimes act without thinking about consequences. But these are also people arguably in pursuit of higher education – one would think they have been exposed already to a range of ideas and are open, avid thinkers.
This was clearly unacceptable in the context of sober, serious thought, but also as any poor attempt at a joking mood.
As long as people continue to see any kind of humour in the lines uttered, it perpetuates the idea that such crimes are OK – at least sort of – if the opportunity arises in the right circumstances.