Letter to the editor

Karl Laves

“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” — Emil Zatopek

Hey guys, play time is over. It is time to man up. It is time to be serious. Like the quote suggests, becoming a man means no more childlike illusions about the world. There are realities that we must face. One of these realities is sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

All men are not rapists, all men are not sexist, and all men are not pigs. Or dogs. But we cannot deny that so far in the history of humankind, there have been enough men who were rapists, sexists and pigs and that a lot of the women in our lives have suffered because of them.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which features an event called Walk a Mile. In this event, men from across campus walk a mile in red high heels to make a statement against sexual assault.

Why should you join in this walk? Do you have a mother, a sister, a wife or a daughter? Then you have your answer. One in three women have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault. One in three. Do you know three women? Then you know someone who has been a victim. Does it make you mad? Are you sick and tired of that part of American culture that treats women as objects? Do you think we can live at a higher moral level?

Then come out on April 5 and walk a mile with other men who feel the same way.

Go to https://wku.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3E5n6osuiXu6L7D to register.