Rape is not a joke.
That is a fact, and it should be simple, but if the recent actions of a group of UBC students with their "rape chant" — echoing a chant from St. Mary's University — are any gauge, perhaps the devil is in the details.
The chant's lyrics do not bear repeating, in large part because of their ignorance and offensive nature.
The statistics on rape in Canada are not difficult to find.
In 1992, Statistics Canada conducted a survey of 12,300 women and found over one in three had been sexually assaulted and only six per cent of sexual assaults were reported to police.
According to the Rape Victim Support Network, a woman is sexually assaulted every 17 minutes in this country.
Further, the Support Network states one in four girls and one in eight boys is sexually abused by their 18th birthday.
Even if the statistics were lower — and they aren't — and even if the nature of the crime wasn't such that it goes unreported on a regular basis — it does — the nature of the chant would still be ill-spirited.
Sensitivity training is not enough to break the back of chants that promote the idea of rape.
At some point, members of the communities in which these chants have become a part of the culture — and, on a grander scale, members of the Canadian community — need to step up and give voice to the voiceless.
The victims of rape do not need a reminder of what happened to them.
Canada does not need a gaggle of students making mockery of the crime.
It's past time for this country to press the issue of rape culture and to start seeking meaningful solutions to it.All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.