Remember the Rapebait Gate from late last year? Phi Kappa Tau, a fraternity at Georgia Tech, was placed on probation after a chilling email from the frat’s social chair leaked. The email, with “Luring Your Rapebait” as the subject line, included seven steps for the bros to follow in order to get laid at parties:
1. Encounter (spot a girl or group of girls)
2. Engage (go up and talk to them)
3. Escalate (ask them to dance, or ask them to go up to your room or find a couch, depending on what kind of party)
4. Erection (GET HARD)
5. Excavate (should be self-explanatory)
6. Ejaculate (should also be self explanatory)
7. Expunge (send them out of your room and on their way out when you are finished)
Yeah. I know. Disgusting.
Soon after the email leaked, the author wrote a lengthy apology explaining that “it was written as a joke for a small audience that understood the context” and that his pledge nickname was “4th Grade Rapebait” due to the “connotation of what may happen to someone like [him] in prison.” Call me crazy, but there’s nothing remotely funny about that joke.
Though Phi Kappa Tau was placed on college-mandated probation, Jezebel reported that the frat was disbanded after a thorough investigation from Tech’s Office of Student Integrity last Friday. The brothers of ΦKT didn’t learn their lesson after the leaked message – they continued to toe the line with underage drinking and even more misogynistic, electronically sent content like their pledge songs (too raunchy to repeat). ΦKT will be disbanded until 2017, and members must vacate the chapter premises before May 6.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you guys to BE CAREFUL, especially after hours and at social situations with alcohol involved. Though campus rape isn’t anything new under the sun, the problem has received ample media attention lately. The actions of Tech’s Phi Kappa Tau brothers are more than cringeworthy, no doubt. But let’s hope that the dialogue prompts more than just comment section chatter – it should promote awareness and change.
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