Wyverns deny ‘rape’ chant accusations

Jocelyn Major 14 May 2014

Police are investigating male drinking society the Wyverns following the emergence of a video which appears to show members of the society chanting about rape on Oxford’s High Street, an accusation which the Wyverns strongly refute.

The group, of around 25, were heard chanting “rape" as well as "she's too young" and "15 years". At least one of the men was seen wearing a grey blazer with “WGP 13”, which has been suggested to stand for “Wyverns Garden Party 2013”.

The footage was taken by a 22-year-old female student at St Hilda's College, Oxford early Saturday evening. She filmed the incident on a phone and reported it to the police, calling the men “threatening” and “intimidating”. The video was subsequently posted on the Facebook page of the Oxford feminist magazine Cuntry Living.

Speaking to The Cambridge Student, a member of a Cambridge female drinking society said: “It sounds abhorrent what's being said and I'm not advocating it at all, but I don't necessarily sign up to the view that swaps and drinking societies promote misogyny. Girls joining a drinking society know what they're signing up for and do sometimes have to put with sharky lads”.

A Cambridge University spokesman said: “If indeed these students were from Cambridge, their behaviour is deplorable. The colleges and university will be investigating.”

Posting on facebook, Johnnie Wyvern distanced Wyverns from the actions of those in the video: “The Wyverns would like to condemn the actions of those seen acting inappropriately in Oxford this weekend. This was NOT a Wyvern organised event and the video shows no current student to be taking part in the disgraceful chants. We find the behaviour seen in the video appalling and hope those who are involved are made to apologise.”

This is not the first allegation of sexism that Wyverns has been labelled with. Last year the society was forced to call off their annual jelly-wrestling competition following a campaign launched by two female students who claimed it was “sexist” and “misogynistic”.