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'Boys will be boys' is no excuse for rape

Unfortunately, the partial discrediting of the Rolling Stone story about rape at the University of Virginia has allowed many individuals who believe the issue is overrated to claim the article exaggerated the problem ("Rolling Stone's missteps distract from the real story of campus rape," Dec. 7).

While it now appears that certain details of the alleged rape may have been questionable, the fact remains that rape on college campuses does occur, although often it is unreported due to societal pressures. The arguments that boys will be boys, that everybody does it and that it's "not a big deal" do not justify rape.

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Rape is a serious crime and should be treated as such. It shouldn't be judged by the university, but in a court of law. Students at universities are adults and sufficiently enough to be held responsible for their actions.

Rape is a traumatizing experience for the victim and needs to carry a lengthy sentence plus mandatory registration as a sex offender. The location of the crime is of little importance, whether it be at a bar or in a dorm room.

If more college students were tried and convicted of rape, it possibly would serve as a wake up call to others who do not relish spending 10 or 20 of the best years of their lives behind bars.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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