Jesus College footballers yell chants about rape and sexual assault

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*Some readers may find the content in the following article disturbing*

At 9.30pm near North Court in Jesus College, on Wednesday, June 14th, residents of the nearby accommodation could hear misogynistic chanting from the college football social. 

The chants included lines such as 'A woman came into the store asking for some materials, materials she wanted, felt she got', 'a woman came into the store asking for a KitKat, a Kitkat she wanted, four fingers she got' and 'a woman came into the store asking for a retarded donkey, a retarded donkey she wanted, a f***ed up arse she got'.

The blatant references to rape and sexual assault were condemned by Jesus College Student Union (JCSU) Women's Officer, Alex Rowe, in an email sent round to all staff and students of the college. Rowe writes, 'The basis of this chant in particular is that a woman gets something she didn't ask for- that is, by definition, sexual assault, and the third example is about penetrative rape.'

The email describes firsthand accounts of the incident. For example, it was said that the words of the chanting were clearly audible, the audacity of which Rowe describes as follows: 'this means firstly that survivors of sexual may well have heard the chanting, which would have been incredibly upsetting, and secondly that women were forced to listen to verbal attacks against their very bodies within their own homes.'

Some of those involved in the incident have, according to Rowe, apologised. She urged those who are involved with any future events which have a tendency to escalate to similar levels of rowdiness to make sure that the incident does not repeat itself.

The Tab reports that a spokesperson from Jesus College has commented, 'We are aware of this incident. It has been investigated by the Dean of College and disciplinary action is being taken. The College opposes all forms of harassment, bullying and sexual misconduct, and this is not the behaviour that we expect from our students.'

'It is of fundamental importance that students and staff of all genders feel safe and comfortable at this college,' Rowe wrote, in light of the threat the incident posed to this.

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