The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 17, 1992, Page 6, Image 6

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Preventing rape hinges
on ‘no,’ educator says
By Kristine Long
Staff Reporter
A calculator, a dictionary, mask^
ing tape, a basketball, a beer can and
a key were symbols that Matt Basta
used to explain rape and sexual ha
rassment Monday night.
I Basta, who has been a rape educa
tor for 3 1/2 years, spoke to about 350
Students as part of the Rape Education
Awareness and on-Campus Training
program sponsored by Pi Kappa Phi
Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta
Sorority. Basta, a student at the Uni
versity of Missouri-Columbia, is an
alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi.
Basta used a calculator to inform
students about rape statistics.
A rape is reported every 1.3 min
utes, Basta said, and about 683,000
rapes are reported each year.
Rape statistics arc getting worse,
not better, he said.
The definition of rape is vague,
Basta said. His dictionary does not
even list the definition, he said.
Because of that vagueness, Basta
said, most people arc “clueless” about
what is and isn’t considered a sexual
Basta defined rape as forced inter
course without consent.
It is an act of violence, Basta said,
and it can happen to men and women.
Women are the main victimsof the
crime, however, he said.
At one point, Basta said he wanted
to address the women in the audience,
and held up masking tape as a symbol
of silence.
Too often, women arc the silenced
parters of sexual crimes, he said.
. Basta said the best weapon a vic
tim could use was the word “no.”The
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When the word ‘no ’
comes out of her
mouth, it is time to
close shop and go
rape educator
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word is most effective when the vic
tim looks the attacker straight in the
eye, he said.
Basta said women should trust their
“Don’t go with someone you don’t
feel comfortable with,” he said.
Later, Basta held up a basketball,
and said it represented men’s prob
lems with rape.
Men often think “no” means
“maybe” or “yes,” Basta said.
“When the word ‘no’comes out of
her mouth, it is time to close shop and
go home,” Basta said.
Basta displayed a beer can, and
said that 95 percent of rape cases
involved alcohol.
Basta said alcohol was the No. 1
contributing factor in date rape.
If the offender is drunk and out of
control when the rape occurs, then the
chances of being convicted are very
high, he said.
Finally, Basta said a key symbol
ized safety.
Money is not available on most
college campuses to provide a com
pletely safe environment, he said.
The key to safety and lowering
sexual crimes is in the hands of stu
dents, he said.
Escort service to open
branch on East Campus
By Trish Spencer
Staff Reporter_
The Campus Escort Service and
the Residence Hall Association arc
taking steps to increase safety on East
Campus and near a parking lot on City
A branch ol the
Campus Escort
Service will open
on the University
of Ncbraska
Lincoln’s East
Campus next se
mester, Selleck
said at Monday
_ ng.
The branch will operate out ol Burr
Residence Hall and will be open from
6:30 p.m. to midnight. Prall said the
service would stop at midnight be
cause that was when C.Y. Thompson
Library and the Burr Residence Hall
desk closed.
Prall said he needed 60 students to
help with the service.
Prall said he also was trying to
persuade the Campus Recreation Cen
ter to unlock a gate that leads to Vine
Street from the northeast comer of the
Cathcr-Pound fields at 17th and Vine
streets. Opening the gate would in
crease safely for students in Sandoz
and Abel residence halls, he said, by
shortening the path students take to
and from the parking lot southeast of
the fields.
RHA President Matt Hammons
said he thought the gate was locked to
protect the fields from vandalism.
Prall said he thought unlocking the
gate would cost the university noth
ing. But Prall said Doug Zatcchka,
director of UNL Housing, told him
that the housing office would pay for
any expenses..
Prall asked for RHA members’
support in trying to get the gate un
locked and a light nearby turned on.
Prall and Zatcchka are meeting
with campus recreation officials this
week to talk about opening the gate.
Beginning midnight Friday
8:09 a.m. — Motorcycle pushed
over, parking lot north of Cathcr
Pound-Neihardt Complex, Sl(X). ,
10:50 a.m. — Indecent exposure,
Cathcr-Pound-Neihardt computer
1:06 p.m. — Mo-ped driving on
sidewalk, Harper-Schramm-Smith
1:29 p.m. — Prank phone calls,
Bob Dcvancy Sports Center.
3:15 p.m. —Threatening letters,
Harper Residence Hall.
3:37 p.m. — Money stolen from
washers and dryers, Chi Phi Frater
nity, 1245 N. 16th St., amount un
6:01 p.m. — Vehicle window bro
ken, parking lot at 21st and Vine
streets, $325.
Beginning midnight Saturday
12:25 a.m. — Woman cited for
driving while intoxicated, 16thand
Y streets.
12:59 a .m.—Outside pol ice assis
tance, stolen vehicle recovered, 21 si
and Holdrcgc streets.
8:17 p.m. — Book bag stolen, Ne
braska Union, $148.
9:58 p.m. — Two-vehicle, non
injury accident, parking lot west of
Lied Center for Performing Arts,
11:56 p.m. — Trophy case dam
aged, Sigma Phi Epsilon Frater
nity, 601 N. 16th St., $200. -
Beginning midnight Sunday
1:43 a.m. — Vehicle window bro
ken, parking lotal University Health
Center, $150.
3:01 a.m. — Water valve opened,
Abel Residence Hall, $100.
3:13 a.m. — Assault, man hit by
unknown person, 21st and Vine
streets, treated at University Health
9:20 a.m. — Burglary, unknown
person entered room, Cather Resi
dence Hall, nothing stolen.