Rape, Sex & Catholic Education

Let’s play a little game of “one of these things is not like the other.” It’s a multiple choice. The “sexual misconduct” policy [at Catholic University] outlaws:

a. premarital sex

b. condoms

c. masturbation

d. rape

Washington D. C. City Paper, May 8-14, 2009

The above is an excerpt from an article about Catholic University policy regarding “sexual misconduct.” As City Paper points out, CUA lists consensual sex and rape in the same sentence of their policy. (“physical contact of a sexual nature that is unwanted…and/or disruptive to the university community”– ‘disruptive’ means all premarital sexual conduct) Which, obviously, comes  directly from the Catholic Church’s rulings.

I’m not going to attack the choice of an individual to belong to a religion of his or her choice. HOWEVER, I will say this: the Catholic Church (hierarchy of, political arm of, etc) perpetuates rape culture. Putting rape in the same sentence as & violating the same clause of the CUA Policy as sex sends a strong message. You’ve now softened the seriousness of forcible sexually assaulting another human being, and put it on the same level as a universal human instinct. Great.

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