Reed College has prompted a Title IX investigation after discovering that naked students were greeting college freshman. The college president, John Kroeger said, “[Students were] yelling and gesticulating, and freshmen could not enter the building without encountering them.”
The nakedness occurred during an annual freshman event in which, “The students pour some of their coffee or beverage on the ground in return for the gods’ granting them good luck for the coming academic year … This year, while some students were dressed as gods, others were naked — although students have come naked in previous years as well.”
While it sounds fun and lighthearted and the students probably didn’t mean any harm, the event was quite traumatic for those who were survivors of sexual assault. Kroeger said, “Unfortunately, the conduct of the nude students caused deep distress to some members of our community. These community members suggest that forcing prior victims of sexual assault to pass through this gauntlet in order to enter a classroom creates a hostile educational and work environment.”
See that’s the thing, what’s fun for you can be deeply traumatic to someone with different experiences. This is why there should always be an open dialogue about these kinds of things.