By Avery Stankus – 1851 Staff
Rape is a social issue, not just a women’s issue. With Lasell’s Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program, we’re forgetting the other side. Lasell should be more inclusive with their upcoming R.A.D. program.
R.A.D. is a program that takes place on many college campuses and is taught by certified instructors. At Lasell, it is hosted by campus police and will be offered for female students only.
The main flaw with this program is its lack of inclusion. Men are not allowed to partake in the event. While it is a great resource for females on campus, what about the males? Typically, when people hear rape, they think of a female victim. Rape is so much more than that; while statistics prove it is more likely for a woman to be a victim, men can still be victims.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college. Similarly, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network reports male college students between the ages of 18-24 are five times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than males who are non-students of the same age. Abuse is abuse, regardless who the victim is.
Due to stereotypes, males are often perceived as the dominant gender, but people neglect the fact they can be taken advantage of as well.
While women may feel more comfortable surrounded by other women during this course, men deserve one too. I believe if Lasell was more inclusive with this program, or offered men their own, both male and female students would be prepared to defend themselves in violent or aggressive situations.