Yes, it is true that college student are most likely either thinking of having sex, or currently having sex, but does that immediately correlate to the rapes that have occurred on campus? No. It is important that students have the resources available to them so that they can talk to health services in the event that a sexual assault does happen, but that absolutely has no pertinence as to why there should be condoms, morning after pills, or Planned Parenthood on campus.
We are a Jesuit University and arguably the most liberal in the United States. The health insurance coverage that is mandatory to all USF students just as of last month removed coverage for abortions. The stance of the Catholic Church, especially in regards to premarital sex is abstinence. Students knowingly choose to attend USF and those students who do not agree with Church teachings or whom decide to partake in sexually activity are more than capable of purchasing condoms or the morning after pill from a pharmacy.
It is an insult to the intelligence of all USF students to try and draw the conclusion that because of a recent sexual abuse problem on campus that the University should be opening up discussion on sex leading to the offering of condoms and morning after pills on campus.
It is, however, perfectly reasonable to suggest that the University or its ASUSF staff should hold more sexual health forums or discussions in order to promote a safer campus. There does need to be a place for students who have been sexually abused to go and seek guidance, but suggesting that USF, because of these recent assaults, should down play its Catholic, Jesuit origin and beliefs in order be “progressive” and to supply students with condoms, the morning after pill, or directions to planned parenthood, all of which are things students, being legal adults can do for themselves, is an opportunistic move that ultimately insults the recent victims and hurts the USF community a long with the image of USF.
It is important that students learn to take responsibility for themselves and to treat one another with a respect that makes students proud to call themselves a Don. It is the roll of the University and those whom represent it to promote a community based in trust and comfort that allows for an open discussion on those things that affect us all.
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