[Ed. – For the record, the 3.8% of the St. Catherine’s undergraduate student body that is male breaks out to 132 men, out of a total of 3,491 students. None of the male students was involved in the incident the recent protests have focused on.]
Students at the 96.6 percent female St. Catherine University (SCU) protested twice within a week against a rape culture they say is present at their Catholic-affiliated Minnesota school.
The controversy began on June 10, The Star Tribune reports, when students held a demonstration against rape culture during a women’s leadership conference on campus, demanding that SCU cut ties with Heartland Circle, the training company running the conference.
The son of Heartland Circle’s owners was jailed last year for raping the protest leader, and students took issue with his parents organizing a letter writing campaign in his support during the trial, making comparisons between the SCU student’s rapist and a swimmer at Stanford University who was also recently convicted of rape, and whose parents similarly defended him. …
Protesters held homemade signs with messages like “Rape Culture Is Here,” “Stop Raping Us!” and “St. Kate’s Can Do Better.”