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Emily Yaffe, who writes the "Dear Prudence" column for Slate magazine, states that young women should be given better warning that when they drink in excess, they are less in control of their surroundings.
Yaffe said she of course does not condone the actions of those who commit rape and sexual assault, but says that there are actions that can be taken so victims do not become victims.
"In one awful high-profile case after another-the U.S. Naval Academy; Steubenville, Ohio; now the allegations in Maryville, Mo.-we
read about a young woman, sometimes only a girl, who goes to a party
and ends up being raped. As soon as the school year begins, so do reports of female students sexually assaulted
by their male classmates. A common denominator in these cases is
alcohol, often copious amounts, enough to render the young woman
incapacitated. But a misplaced fear of blaming the victim has made it
somehow unacceptable to warn inexperienced young women that when they
get wasted, they are putting themselves in potential peril."
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