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Opinion

June 15, 2014

Columnist egregiously attacked women

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

On June 6, the Washington Post published a column by George Will, one of the Transcript’s regular contributors. In this misogynist column, Will asserts that women who report an on-campus rape are merely doing so to gain a coveted status that confers privileges to the victim.

What privileges is Will referring to? Perhaps he means the inevitable trip to the hospital to report the rape and provide physical evidence of the rape by enduring another physical, invasive procedure that consists of a head to toe physical exam, including the most private parts already violated once.

Let’s not forget the privilege of collecting DNA, blood, urine, hair and other bodily fluid samples. The victim will then decide whether to go to the police to file charges, knowing that this will entail another painful retelling of the experience, the possibility that if the case goes to trial, the victim’s history also will be put on trial.

There are also the continuing psychological effects of the trauma, including nightmares, flashbacks and even chronic depression. In his column, he conflates a few examples into what he believes is the whole story, ignoring the very real suffering of the victims.

This column is a completely egregious attack on women (and some men) as evidenced by his mischaracterization of a rape victim’s experience that I think The Transcript should discontinue his columns.

Personally, I don’t ever want to see one of his columns in The Transcript again. He is part of the growing disrespect for women and their rights in a free and equal society. The Transcript can do better than this.

MOLLY ROBERTS

Norman

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