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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school that has educated some of the nation's elite is confronting a campus practice of sexual conquest after a senior boy was charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman girl last year.
In a series of letters over the past year to students and parents of St. Paul's School, Rector Michael Hirschfeld says the school has re-examined campus culture to see how the "Senior Salute" was allowed to develop.
Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vermont, is charged with multiple felonies, including rape. Prosecutors say he raped the girl in an academic building last year as part of "Senior Salute," in which seniors try to have sex with underclassman.
This point was touched on in the other "rape" thread, but this headline implies what, in my view, is an important question.
I think everyone would agree that the western world has become much more sexually open in the past several decades. Is more rape simply a cost associated with that freedom? Would the "senior salute" have happened in the 1950s? Could one tactic in the war against rape be to rollback some of the sexual openness that is now almost a given in our society? I'm not talking about legislating away sexual freedom, of course. I'm talking about culture. If we stopped glorifying sexual conquest and complete sexual abandon and maybe became a little more, dare I say, prudish, would that decrease instances of rape?