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Female university students say they are being humiliated and defamed in a widely distributed journal that calls them "hoes" and "bitches" and shames the woman who has allegedly slept with the most men. A of distressed female students who spoke anonymously, for fear of retribution, said the journal was deed to make them look like "sluts".
One section re: "We might be sexist, but you lovely bitches and hoes should know we're trying to correct this". One of the female students shamed by the publication said she stopped having relations with boys at the university out of fear of gaining a "reputation" forever marked in print.
Her unease started when she was handed an instruction manual at O Week that included a college chant calling Sancta Sophia College students "Skanktas" who were "always on their backs". When her parents wondered why their once bubbly daughter had become so withdrawn, she did not have the heart to tell them about the allegations in the Journal.
When she was sexually assaulted by a male student, she says his friends began to harass her online afterwards, joking she should "hook-up" with him again. Victim-blaming is also paramount as she questions how her intoxication may have "invited" her own assault.
And partly it was my fault because I did get drunk a lot. At a college-hosted party, a security guard began to assault a drunk girl, another student revealed.
At the end of semester, the friend claimed she had not heard back from Wesley management at all. Lisa Sutherland, Master of Wesley College, told Pulp that since the College Journal was not an official or sanctioned college publication, while staff recognised its existence they did not censor any part of it.
When pressed as to whether Wesley staff members were in any way involved in editing or providing financial, logistical or other support towards the Journal, she said: "Wesley College is not involved in the production of or distribution of the Student Journal I cannot comment on the validity of the contents as I have not seen nor read this publication.
Therefore, all Wesley residents finance and receive a copy of the Journal that shames many of them inside. This is not the first time Wesley has come under fire for condoning sexism and perpetuating misogyny. InCLEO Magazine went undercover at their O-Week celebrations and uncovered disturbing reports of sexual harassment and bullying.
At the time Ms Sutherland released a statement saying: '"The College [Wesley] is now investigating the alleged incidents as we take such claims seriously and have strict procedures in place to deal with any complaints brought to the college's attention. However, as one student conceded, perhaps the problem could be that those removed from college expect the culture to change.
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