The issue of rape on a college campus has become an unfortunate eye opening reality. During a discussion on Fox News, it seems as if the victim is the one to blame.
On Wednesday's "Outnumbered" on Fox News, co-host Jedediah Bila brought up a conversation that Joel Trachtenberg, the former president of George Washington University, had on "The Diane Rehm Show" last week. During the interview, Trachtenberg tackled the issue of rape on on college campuses. and stated that women need to be “trained not to drink in excess," in order to keep them out of a bad situations. His words were repeated on the Fox News broadcast and first directed to Fox News contributor Lou Dobbs, asking whether it was a fair statement or not.
"As a father of two sons, two daughters, I will tell you, the last thing you want is any child — a boy, a girl, it doesn't matter — to be defenseless. And if you don’t teach your kids and pray that they learn to never, ever take on additional vulnerability to everyday life in this society, why should there be anything controversial about it?”
The discussion then turned to Harris Faulkner, co-host of Outnumbered." Harris stated that “no one is blaming the woman," and that there needs to be more "personal responsibility" on the woman's part to keep her away from a potential bad situation. "I think if you’re going to watch out for a predator, you want to be able to do it in a sober eyes-wide-open manner," Harris noted before finally concluding, "you can’t do that if you've been drinking.”
When co-host Liz Claman argued that men also have an role in women being taking advantage of, co-host Andrea Tantaros remembered that during her time in college, everyone just, “put all the guys in some kind of box," labeling them as "already guilty” from the start.
According to a 2014 report by NPR, the number of "forcible rapes" on college campuses have increased 49 percent, from 2008 to 2012. At the University of Michigan alone, reports of forcible sexual assaults increased 113 percent between 2010 and 2012.