Four percent of Stanford students reported having been raped, while seven percent reported having been sexually penetrated against their will and 15 percent reported engaging in intercourse under pressure, according to preliminary data from a survey of roughly 4,000 students conducted by Health Promotion and Services (HPS). Donnovan Yisrael ‘88, M.A. ‘89, HPS manager of relationship and sexual health programs, and Byrd Bannick ‘13 presented the results of the data to students at the Women’s Community Center Thursday evening.
Most people at Stanford would agree that that the issues of rape and sexual assault are serious matters; however, that doesn’t mean they are above becoming punch lines for jokes on campus. Similarly, jokes involving the Holocaust, dead babies and Helen Keller are made all the time; they are funny precisely because they are matters that should not be joked about.