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College President Tells Students to Avoiding Drinking, Casual Sex to Reduce Rape

| by Michael Allen

Donald Eastman, president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., sent out an email to students on Sunday advising them to limit their alcohol drinking and casual sex to decrease the chances of sexual assault.

The email was also published in the campus newspaper The Online Current and said in part:

By limiting your own consumption of alcohol, and encouraging your friends to do the same. Socrates included wine at his Symposium, but he did not get drunk.

You can be thoughtful about the dramatic and often negative psychological effects that sexual activity without commitment can have. Virtue in the area of sexuality is its own reward, and has been held in high esteem in Western Culture for millennia because those who are virtuous are happier as well as healthier. No one’s culture or character or understanding is improved by casual sex, and the physical and psychological risks to both genders are profound.

However, the email was slammed by some students.

"I'm pretty p----- off. That's a pretty insensitive thing to say," student Marlene Heyning told the Tampa Bay Times. "Instead of teaching people that it's wrong to have casual sex and drink alcohol, how about teaching them that having sex with someone who says 'no' is not okay?"

Katie Wheeler, another student, added, "I don't think casual sex is in any way related to sexual assault. The problem is people breaking boundaries and not learning respect from a young age."

In response to the outcry, Eastman told the Tampa Bay Times, "I was trying to say that we would have a healthier and less dangerous campus if people drank less and took their sexual relations more seriously."

"The [students] that are unhappy are really unhappy and the ones that really appreciate the email thought it was great," added Eastman.

"Personally, I'm confused about why it's a big deal," said student Ian Kane.

Sources: Tampa Bay Times, The Online Current / Image Credit: Brian Stansberry