The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

June 22, 2014

2 rip Will over rape essay

— SUNBURY — Regional advocates who assist women in crises are furious about syndicated columnist George Will’s position over a “supposed” campus epidemic of rape and the way in which victimhood serves, in his words, as “a coveted status that confers privileges.”

“I was outraged,” Susan Mathias said.

Mathias is chief executive officer of Transitions, a Lewisburg crisis center that provides advocacy and education to victims, survivors, families and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse.

The column distributed for publication June 5 “set us back,” Mathias said. “It disrespected survivors and used rather harmful rhetoric. George Will made a very serious issue on campuses seem trivial. He called victims delusional, just at a time when we really need to have people coming forward and asking for help.

“He put sexual assault in quote marks, as if it was virtually acceptable.”

Nearly one in five women and one in 16 men are victims of an attempted or completed rape during their college years, according to a study commissioned by the National Institute of Justice.

Between 20 and 25 percent of female undergraduates will be the victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault in the coming academic year, the U.S. Department of Justice reports.

Will challenged that 20 percent rate and cited an American Enterprise survey that reduced the likelihood to 2.9 percent.

“But even if you were to believe the smaller number,” Mathias said, “it’s unacceptable. Anything except zero percent is unacceptable.”

Irate in Harrisburg

Kristen Houser, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, Harrisburg, is still fuming.

“I thought, how can anyone actually write that victims of campus sexual assault are in a way achieving or wanting some kind of celebrity status?” she said. “It is beyond me.”

And beyond Mathias.

“It is not a privilege to be a victim,” she said. “If someone who has been raped is considering a legal action against the perpetrator, they have to come forward, have to deal with a sexual assault evidence collection rape kit, and have to answer all kinds of questions. There is a lot of shame and blaming going on in the process.

“It’s a difficult process. And what’s worse, juries tend to believe it’s the victim’s fault. But I’m here to say that with assault or rape, it’s never the victim’s fault. Never.”

Text Only
News
  • Tawny Dog owners not surprised to learn pooches get jealous

    DANVILLE — Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but a recent study shows that pooches can get a little green over how much time you spend with other canines.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • lottery Big lottery payouts pay off for seniors

    HARRISBURG — State lottery officials say less means more for seniors.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donations to Budd family near $60,000

    SHAMOKIN DAM — The Valley continues to give as fundraisers keep forming and donations steadily pour in for the Budd family, of Ohio, while Sharon Budd continues her fight back from drastic injuries suffered when a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass in Union County slammed through the windshield of the family’s vehicle three weeks ago.

    July 30, 2014

  • B-17 fly-over to honor 'Dutch' VanKirk

    NORTHUMBERLAND — A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will soar in honor of the late Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk during his graveside services Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

  • dogs31.jpg Is Spike spiteful?

    Dog is often considered man’s best friend, but a recent study shows he may be a little green over how much time you spend with other pooches.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • CORBETT_TomC.jpg Corbett: VanKirk helped to save the world

    Gov. Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the death of Northumberland County native Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay:

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Afraid of grandson? "Now I am," Amanda Trometter says

    Erick Trometter slept with hunting and butcher knives beside his bed while living with the grandmother he allegedly attacked on the morning he was shot after allegedly pulling a knife on a city police officer.

    July 30, 2014

  • vk1.jpg Ted VanKirk: Seen from above

    The Daily Item is republishing online its spring 2012 interview with Northumberland native Ted “Dutch” VanKirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. The story appeared in Inside Pennsylvania magazine. VanKirk died Monday in Georgia at age 93.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • vankirk_ted1.jpg “The Japanese were beaten before we even dropped the bomb”

    Compared to the 58 other missions they ran together, the one they were assigned to carry out on Aug. 6, 1945 was easy.
    There would be no return fire, flying conditions were ideal, and if all went according to plan, they would be back to the base in Tinian by nightfall.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.