Monday, November 10, 2008

Week 7 HW

Letter to the Editor,

We are writing in regards to your article published last week, “OSU Student Held on charges of rape.” First we would like you to take a closer look at the use of quotes made by the president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. We feel that his statements are irrelevant to the incident. He first says that both the victim and Sako were drunk, which does not pertain to the rape. Whether they were drunk or not does not excuse any behavior, no still means no and being drunk is not an excuse. If we are going to use drinking as an excuse, legally the victim can drink, Sako cannot; which is another issue altogether. The president is then quoted using the excuse, she was not on the guest list. This statement is completely unrelated, either way she was at the party and reported being attacked. Secondly using the word alleged several times through out the articles makes the victim seem like a liar.  The statement of her being a non-OSU student is unrelated and takes the focus away from Oregon State. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely.

Melissa Gonzalez and Karen LeDuff

2 comments:

Erin Boshuizen said...

He first says that both the victim and Sako were drunk, which does not pertain to the rape. Whether they were drunk or not does not excuse any behavior, no still means no and being drunk is not an excuse. If we are going to use drinking as an excuse, legally the victim can drink, Sako cannot; which is another issue altogether." I love this statement and totally didnt realize it when i read the article. This is what set your letter our from the rest. You addressed something on one else did, the fact that Sako was not of legal age for drinking. Great job.

DanielleT said...

I agree with your statements and its true Sako was not of legal drinking age. Even though I completely agree with you that this has nothing to do with the rape itself. You have pointed out the statements that were made by the president of the fraternity. I also agree with you that none of what he said has anything to do with the rape, its as if he is trying to take away the focus of the rape and putting the focus on him as a person. This was not what the article was about and so therefore what the president has said is irrelevant.