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College President: Women Claim Rape When Sex Doesn't Turn Out Their Way (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Lincoln University's president Robert Jennings raised eyebrows and controversy over his remarks about women, rape and sex during the school's annual All Women's Convocation.

Jennings' speech took place on the Oxford, Pa., campus back in September, but a video (below) of some of his remarks recently surfaced, reported The Inquirer.

"Men treat you, treat women, the way women allow us to treat them ... We will use you up if you allow us to use you up," said Jennings, noted RawStory.com. “When it comes time to make that final decision, we’re going to go down the hall and marry that girl with the long dress on.”

“Let me tell you why I know I’m right about it,” added Jennings. “I’m right about it because we had, on this campus last semester, three cases of young women who, after having done whatever they did with the young men, and then it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? They then went to Public Safety and said, ‘He raped me.’”

“When you allege that somebody did something of that nature to you, you go to jail," Jennings stated. "I don’t care how close they are to finishing the degree; their whole life changes overnight. Why am I saying all this, ladies? I’m saying this because, first and foremost, don’t put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.”

Several parents of students have expressed concern over the speech.

"It's frightening," Rev. James Thomas, who has a son at the school, told The Inquirer. "There had to have been at least one young lady in that room who had been the victim of sexual assault who had not reported it, and there was nothing that was said by the president that would have given any comfort."

"The president blames young women for being raped by saying that when they have sex with someone and regret the act, they then create a story [of rape] to explain it," said Marybeth Gasman, a University of Pennsylvania professor.

However, Jennings claims his words were taken out of context in the four-minute video, which was from a 26-minute speech.

"No one would ever discourage a young woman on this campus from reporting a sexual assault," Jennings told The Inquirer. "In fact, I emphasize to them how serious that allegation is and that the university takes it very seriously and so does the federal government and so does the court. I made it very clear to the men on campus that 'no' means 'no.'"

Jennings received two separate "no-confidence" votes from teachers and school alumni earlier this year, but his contract with the university extends until December of 2016.

Sources: RawStory.com, The Inquirer