The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at the University of Vermont was recently suspended. They circulated a questionnaire to each of their brothers that included the question “If I could rape someone, who would it be?”

I’d like to think this was actually a trick question. You know, like they were trying to filter out all the guys who didn’t answer with “This question is disgusting and I refuse to answer it. I am ashamed to be a part of this fraternity.” How clever would that be?

Sadly, I’m not that optimistic.

Of course, the Men’s Rights Activists still write this off as being just “sick fratboy humor” or worse, a “stand up against misandry” that should be “celebrated.” Sickening since the CDC just released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which disturbing facts such as:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.
  • More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
  • Most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
  • More than one-quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.

Yeah, not very clever at all.