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Sex crimes on campus: The shocking truth behind university rape culture

Posted On: 11 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Marie Claire

Sex crimes on campus: The shocking truth behind university rape culture

This month, thousands of female students will head for university, but many will become the victims of sexual assault and harassment. Marie Claire investigates the alarming rise of college rape culture Words by Polly Dunbar
When Sophie*'s friends said goodbye to her after a night out in October 2014, she was standing in a taxi queue. A second-year history student, she had drunk more than usual that night, but her friends assumed she'd get home safely. When she woke up hours later, she was naked in bed with a stranger. When he began having sex with her, she was powerless, unable to stop him.
‘I was so out of it that I could barely speak,' says Sophie, now 21. ‘I couldn't process it. I tried to push him off me, but my body felt like it wasn't working, so I just lay there.'
Later, she thought she may have been drugged. ‘I had no idea what was happening, except for the fact he'd had sex with me and I hadn't wanted it. In the morning, he was acting like everything was normal. I gathered my things and stumbled...

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