Letter to the editor

To the Editor:


I was a little disappointed in the article “Another Sexy Year at Puget Sound” that appeared in The Trail and was dated September 27. Although there were many positive things about the article, I think there are at least two flaws.

Firstly, although the article did allude to the problem of “date rape,” it could have been firmer is asking for, or at least suggesting, stronger action to prevent rape, perhaps even the criminalization of the activity. Also, what about the treatment or rehabilitation of the victims? Many of these women are silent, and do not even participate in the debate because they suffer PTSD, and are too ashamed to raise their voices, name names, etc. They suffer at least the psychological scars of rape, often for long after they have graduated and moved on. I have always suspected that some of this activity is committed by serial rapists, and I think The Trail might do more to encourage women to consider coming forth and naming the perpetrator. If nothing else, to make it less likely that he will strike again.

Secondly, the article did not confront what I understand is the growing prevalence of STI’s­—sexually transmitted infections—on college campuses. I know this is a boring, party-crashing sort of subject, but I think it should be mentioned in any sober article about the subject of campus sex. There were several paragraphs that urged students to be ‘politically correct,’ but, despite a huge percentage of today’s graduating seniors who have a ‘college-acquired’ STI, I didn’t notice a word about being, shall we call it ‘microbiologically correct.’


A friend of the University