The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Reports of sexual assaults in the military are up 50 percent, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued a comprehensive list of colleges (including SMU) it is investigating for the way they've handled reports of sexual assaults. Is this country still too lax in the way it deals with rape and other sexual crimes?
Looking at those numbers — and many others recently — you’d have to say yes. We have to remember, too, that this has always been, and remains, an under-reported crime, so the real stats may be worse. Jim Atkinson
We (the Marine Corps) have monthly and sometimes weekly classes and briefs that identify what constitutes sexual assault and we have multiple ways to report it. Repercussions are career ending and the victim can choose to report this privately or openly. I’m glad the reports have gone up so we can identify the problems and get rid of the bad seeds. Semper Fi! Arthur Luciano Adame
Yes, rapists aren’t dealt harshly enough. I noticed in today’s paper ( Star-Telegram) someone had raped a woman and had the nerve to say, “Big girls don’t cry.” He needs the harshest sentence possible. Even more so with those that rape children. Hazel Mitchell
One may hope that the increase in reports is due to the increased hope of the victims that those reports will now be taken seriously and so addressed. I guess we’ll see. Terry Schmidt
Yes. And the education should begin with making men understand what rape is and that it’s never right, rather than simply telling women how to avoid rape. One in three or one in four — depending on whose statistics you believe — girls are assaulted one way or another before they turn 18. Tom Geddie
Our laws and judicial system are not the problem. Rather, the problem starts when anyone with an Internet connection has unlimited 24 hour access to hard-core pornography. David Hallum
Most definitely! Lack of respect for fellow humans! Marie Frazier
Marie Frazier Most definately! Lack of respect for fellow humans!