The original WASHPO story.
“All of the scary things at frats seem to happen upstairs,” Winch told the Post. “They only want you there for one reason.” When Bridget Winch went to parties at Kappa Delta Rho, she observed one rule: never go upstairs.
The petite Penn State sophomore, an engineering major with daisies painted on her fingernails, said men at the stone mansion culled guests at the door, admitting mostly women. Inside, she and others said, the brothers plied female guests with bottomless cups of Natural Light while a DJ blasted pop hits in the beer-soaked basement.
And at a rager last fall, Winch said, several KDR brothers sidled up as she danced under the strobe lights and asked: Want to go upstairs?
“All of the scary things at frats seem to happen upstairs,” said Winch, 19, who said she deflected their advances by retiring to the bathroom. “They only want you there for one reason.”
Another student, senior Marina Burka, told the Post: “This absolutely isn’t an isolated incident.”
“This absolutely isn’t an isolated incident,” said Marina Burka, 22, a senior who said she swore off frat parties after a brother tending bar at a different house “looked at my chest and pulled down his shirt” — a sign to show more cleavage.
“It’s never just one frat,” Burka said. “It’s an entire culture that allows this to happen.”
Laurel Petrulionis, 22, a Penn State senior, agreed. She said she experiences more harassment walking around campus than she does on frat row.
“The Greek system is an easy scapegoat,” Petrulionis said. “Getting rid of fraternities wouldn’t fix things. The real problem is a lack of awareness and a lack of dialogue around sexual assault in general.”
By that logic, we shouldn’t get upset about the KKK. Afterall, the real problem is a lack of awareness and a lack of dialogue. That may be true but the KKK is still a despicable racist, terror group. Ending their violence is the job of a civilized society.