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Jamie Miller

Several sororities have voiced disapproval regarding the Safe Campus Act.

Alpha Phi publically proclaimed they were not in favor with the bill and was one of the

first sororities to do so. University of Idaho PanHellenic Council’s Vice-President of

Programming and Alpha Phi member, Allysha Yasuda agreed with Alpha Phi’s decision to step

away from the Safe Campus Act.

The Safe Campus Act forces rape victims to contact police authorities before all else. The

legislation blocks the university from allowing them to handle the incident until the police have

completed investigation.

Yasuda said when legislation like the Safe Campus Act is put into place, there are too many

rape victims who become afraid to come forward. Usually, when an incident of rape takes place

the victim is allowed to alert someone from the university, which allows the victim to handle the

situation in a way that’s most comfortable for them, Yasuda said.

“The act makes people involved in those kinds of incidents (of rape) afraid to seek justice,”

Yasuda said. “Sometimes the victim is more comfortable handling over their report to the

University to help them deal with it. But the act will not let them do so now until they first talk to

the police.”

Along with Alpha Phi, Yasuda said Phi Mu, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta

Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Delta Tau and Delta Gamma were also sororities reported

who didn’t support the controversial rape bill.

The Safety Campus Act wasn’t the first bill to address sexual assault on campus. According to

the, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.

This piece of legislation funded rape investigations and prosecutions. said

the legislation imposed mandatory sentences on rapists.

Yasuda stated she noticed how sexual assault is recently recognized on college campuses.

“Things have changed,” Yasuda said. “Once upon a time, if a woman came out and said she

was raped, her case would be treated promptly. These days, I hear more rumors about the rapist’s

side rather than the victim’s. On Facebook and other means of social media these days, it is more

popular to post how victims lie. It isn’t how it used to be. It used to be that girls in these

situations were treated with such respect. But these days I’m more likely to see a twitter post

about how the girl only wanted attention.”

The Safe Campus Act’s original intentions were to protect against wrongly convicted alleged

rapists. Although nine sororities have come out and publically disapproved of the Safe Campus

Act, there are still those who agree with the bill’s intentions. According to, the

Safe Campus Act would provide meaningful due process protection for the accused. These

protections would make the reliability of campus proceedings stronger, enforcing stronger

credibility to any kind of accusation.