The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of Project Open Voices, a coalition of students providing a platform for open dialogue on campus. Today’s submission was written in anticipation of Take Back The Night ’14, taking place next week from September 28th to October 4th.
Trigger warning — This personal narrative discusses issues of sexual misconduct.
Overheard in Peirce Pub last week —
Male Student #1 — “Wait, so is he still under investigation?”
Male Student #2 — “By his university, not by [inaudible].”
Male Student #3, without looking up from his computer screen — “You have sex with a girl, that doesn’t make it rape. I mean, I’m inclined to think, if you wait, like, a year to press charges, after he becomes famous…”
Nods of agreement. I couldn’t hear the segue, but I know they quickly moved on to a conversation about football scores.
After a few minutes, I packed up my things, slipped out of the Pub (taking pains not to make eye contact with Students #1-3), took a long, sweaty, angry bike ride, got home, took a shower, ate a Hot Pocket and moved on.
Or at least, I thought I did. Continue reading