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Prerequisite Rape Quiz [Sex in the News]

Of all the things you need to get in to university – a certain GPA, a good score on the SATs and recommendation letters – did you ever think you’d need to be able to ace a quiz on sexual assault and rape?

At the University of Montana, in order to enroll in classes, all students must complete an online video tutorial and score 100 percent on a quiz. It’s the first university to require students educate themselves on the “myths and facts” of sexual assault. It’s come as a response to several allegations of sexual assault on campus last semester. It’s trying to address the “rape-prone culture.”

Of course there are opponents to the program. While you could argue the effectiveness of it – it’s pretty easy to race through an online test and do well without actually paying attention to content. But I for one, think it’s something that more universities should be doing. After all how many times have you heard of a guy having sex with a girl that’s passed out and then saying “well she was a whore.” Even if a few students have their perceptions changed about what constitutes sexual assault it would be worth it.

What do you think? Would your university benefit from a program like this?

Leah graduated from Ryerson University with her Bachelor of Journalism. She’s currently interning at a design magazine in Toronto and spending her spare time baking tasty cupcakes. You can follow her @ElleandBee.

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    1. Molly says:

      Not the first University. I had to, four years ago, do that same thing at the University of Iowa.

    2. Kate says:

      After a year of highly above average alcohol related problems on campus my school adopted a similar test required on alcohol facts and safety that was required all the way up to the current seniors and now is taken to be eligible for student housing. It was stupid, and we all complained but the next year there where a lot less ambulances showing up at 2am on campus.
      I think this is a good idea. If everybody is educated then hopefully sexual assault decreases. Even if there are complaints that it is a stupid requirement, it will hopefully resinate on some level and protect those students.

    3. Beth says:

      I've definitely had to do this to enroll in classes for the last two years. i'm at St. Louis University by the by.

    4. Carole Spahr says:

      Good videos to start discussions on what has become a serious problem at the U. Discussions need to continue

      1. Brock Lee says:

        This test is complete bullshit and using man-hating feminists stats. If they want to have a REAL sexual assault education course, they need to watch this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5OdQGbVNa4

    5. Brock Lee says:

      This test is complete bullshit and using man-hating feminists stats. If they want to have a REAL sexual assault education course, they need to watch this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5OdQGbVNa4

    6. Angle says:

      After all how many times have you heard of a guy having sex with a girl that’s passed out and then saying “well she was a whore.” Even if a few students have their perceptions changed about what constitutes sexual assault it would be worth it.

    7. mike says:

      i have 3 daughters so i am all for protecting women from being raped . i am also all for educating women on how to protect themselves and the reality of what happens and what they do when they get drunk at parties .

      it is no secret that many women get drunk , have sex with people and in ways that they would never do while sober , and blame it on being wasted . it is also no secret that sometimes in that state what started as some random guy ends up being 4 or 5 guys .

      many times a woman says she does not remember how she got so drunk or how she ended up with some random guy on top of her she only coming to and saying stop . the blame is always put on the guy who took advantage of the drunk girl or who raped the girl who was passed out . the fact is most of the time the guy or guys are just as drunk as the girls are . the girl is made out to be blameless but the guy is a monster .

      it is not always the guy who is a rapist . women need to share responsibility sometimes . the reality is that when a woman goes to a party and gets drunk there are plenty of guys who will take advantage of them , and there are plenty of guys who are just as drunk as they are where alcohol has taken away their inhibitions . women do get raped at parties . women also get drunk , and do things at parties and later say they were raped . guys do drug women or take advantage of drunk women at parties . guys also get drunk and have sex with drunk women and have no idea how he met her or even who she is .

      i have 3 daughters . i am all for protecting women who have been raped . i am also for educating women on how to be responsible and protect themselves .

    8. Biru says:

      @mike: Mike, you are teaching “how not to get raped”. As you have three daughters, it is, of course, important to teach them to lower their chances, but even more important is to teach people not to rape other people.
      If two people are equally drunk and hook up, it is not rape. If one of them, however, knowingly takes advantage, it absolutely is rape and the person should go to jail for that.
      If your daughters drink too much and vomit all over themselves and pass out somewhere behind a bush, it´s their own fault and they are to blame. If they, however, get sexually assaulted, it is not their fault! Not alcohol causes rape, rapists cause rape!

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