Letter to the Editor: Sex section was wrong place for rape hotline story

I was delightfully surprised to see coverage of the mostly overlooked Northeastern students who volunteer at a rape crisis hotline (“Straight from the victims’ mouths,” March 29). They do an amazingly important service. I was planning on gaining my certification as a rape crisis hotline counselor on my own, but now I am looking into taking the class Northeastern offers. I think the class should be more highly publicized and I want to thank The Northeastern News for bringing its existence to my attention.

That said, I was seriously disturbed to see the article was printed in the Sex section of the paper. The article was not about sex. The only conclusion I can come to is that the paper is assuming it belongs in the Sex section because it had to do with a rape crisis hotline. Rape is not about sex.

Let me reiterate that: Rape is not about sex.

Rape is completely different from sex. Rape is a crime. It is about power and violence, which should only be involved in sex if that’s what you are into.

But seriously, as a rape survivor I was offended that The Northeastern News perpetuated a common misconception that rape is about sex by choosing to place this important article in the Sex section. It should’ve been included as a regular news story because its content had nothing to do with sex.

– Nikki Frankel is a freshman English major.

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