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SMU student ignites controversy for rape blame editorial

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An op/ed piece by an SMU student has ignited nationwide controversy by arguing the best way for female students not to get raped is to not get drunk.

SMU senior Kirby Wiley, a woman majoring in journalism, asked in the controversial opinion piece published in SMU's student newspaper if blame was "being placed in the right place?"

"Although it sounds harsh to place any blame on the victims of these incidents, if the media continues to place all the blame on the perpetrator, young college women will never learn that there is a way to help prevent these kinds of acts.

The best way for women to prevent these assaults from happening to them is to never drink so much that they cannot control themselves or remember what happened the next day. If women quit putting themselves in situations where they appear vulnerable, it will be much less likely for men to try and take advantage of them."

The op/ed was published in the Friday, Nov. 1 editions of The Daily Campus, but went viral on Tuesday when it was published online.

"I was definitely surprised because my intentions were only to help women," Wiley told FOX4.

The SMU Women's Interest Network and SMU SPECTRUM posted a petition on asking for the newspaper to stop "publishing articles contributing to rape culture and misogyny in general." It had more than 300 signatures as of Tuesday evening.

"If I could go back and write my article differently I would," Wiley said.

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