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Reported sexual assault survivor speaks to Sheriff’s Office, criminal investigation begins

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  1. Cal Poly student says:

    Define “survivor.” She was already raped; not like she managed to escape.

    1. CP Mustang says:

      So in your opinion, someone that got shot in the head and didn’t die isn’t a survivor? He was already shot; not like he managed to escape.

      1. Cal Poly student says:

        raping is not killing. If you’re shot, you may not be not killed but injured. A survivor of a rape is someone who was about to be raped but managed to get out of the situation. If she’s already raped; she’s a victim, not a survivor.

        1. KSea says:

          Unless a criminal kills the person they are sexually assaulting, you may call that person a survivor. You may also call them a victim, unless they express a dislike of the word.

        2. CP Mustang says:

          That’s a straw man. I never said that raping was killing. Rape is “any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.” Someone who managed to get out of the situation survived sexual assault, not rape.

          But, I’ll indulge your argument, just in the hopes that someone can learn from where you went wrong…

          People can die from being raped, just as people can die from being shot. They aren’t exclusive. That being said, rape fundamentally changes a person. I wish I had the link, but a rapist once said in an interview that he basically murdered the person his victim could have been. Granted, there’s a difference between murdering a person, and fundamentally altering their being and future. But it is still appropriate a person who was raped a survivor.

    2. Katy Palmer says:

      Cal Poly student,
      The term ‘survivor’ is often used to identify individuals who have undergone the traumatic experience of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking. While ‘victim’ is used in legal terms (police reports, court cases, etc.), ‘survivor’ identifies the individual as somebody who may eventually decompartementalize and encorporate this horrible event into their life history. Using ‘victim’ to identify them can perpetrate feelings of helplessness and ‘otherness’.

      I did a quick Google search and found this article: http://www.weendviolence.com/blog/2013/06/04/the-language-we-use-victim-and-survivor/

      Hope that clears things up for you.

      1. PapaGUnit says:

        So basically it’s an inaccurate euphemism.

    3. Rosie says:

      Semantics aside, why does it even matter? It doesn’t matter if she’s called a “survivor” or “victim” or even “female” in an article. What matters is that we raise awareness about the situation so that this kind of thing stops happening.

  2. flashsteve says:

    I’m curious; why is the name Jake being put out there? What is the source of this? Without anyone being detained and/or charged, it seems like an overreach to even put out a first name. I am not familiar with PIKE, but many people might know if there is a guy with that first name.

    1. CP Mustang says:

      I agree. It was foolhardy for that name to be disclosed. I feel bad for any Jake that is even close to that description on this campus…

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