I Hope It Was Your Choice

Dear Fellow Gamecock,

We’ve all had those nights.

You’re young; intoxicated by dollar Bud Light and endless possibility, you dance at Red Hot’s or The Cotton Gin or whatever it’s called these days. You smoke cigarettes on the street, you make out with that guy and you get pizza when the bars close.

And you do things that you aren’t always proud of when you wake up the next day in the clothes from last night and half a pita pit sandwich in your bed. And you left your wallet at Pavlov’s and you dropped your phone in the toilet at Group.

We’ve all had those mornings. We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of, but there is a difference between doing things we aren’t proud of and having things done to us that we aren’t proud of.

Recently, there was an article written about you, the girl who ended up “half clad” and “unresponsive” on a sidewalk outside of Five Points. My fear is that you were roofied, surprisingly the article didn’t mention anything about being drugged, but about the inconvenience the local neighbors were experiencing due to bad behavior of college students.

Whoever you are, I hope you weren’t a victim. I hope that for whatever reason, it was your choice to end up half naked, unresponsive on the side of the road at 4:00am. I hope it’s a mistake you’ll only make once, a lesson learned the hard way.

I also hope that if it wasn’t your choice, if you know deep down you were more than just drunk, that you’ll be brave enough to come forward. I hope you know if something was done to you, you didn’t deserve it. I hope you have the courage to make noise and call attention to an issue that goes widely unreported at many college campuses. I hope you speak up, not just for yourself, but also for all of us.


Kat Baxter

The original news story can be found here.

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