Regarding "UP student says university failed her in wake of assault" (Dec. 16, page 1):

In 1976, when I was a teaching assistant at the University of Portland in my master’s program, there was a young woman who came to my classroom and confided in me that she had been raped at a party. I advised her to go to the student affairs counselor. I offered to go with her. I never saw her again. Men, as well as women, are not thinking straight when it comes to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That doesn’t mean the young men get a free pass. It has always been the responsibility of the woman to resist or push back. It is not fair. Women are always put in the position of proving they did not consent.

Marilyn Catherine McDonald
Beaverton