Maybe your high school football team shouldn't perform skits about gang raping girls?
The report later written by Robinson said: “A girl refused to have sex with a boy and then five more guys gang raped her.”
In an email, Robinson addressed whether there is a difference between “gang rape and “gang bang.” He wrote: “I guess the only question is how it is interpreted. Sounds pretty similar, however, if the school staff is saying that what is meant in their report that it was consensual group sex then I would defer to them.”
The skits occurred during the day at a home in Norwich after a preseason football practice. Robinson became involved as part of an investigation into whether the activities constituted hazing, which is a crime. (In the end, he decided not to cite any of the students.)
Abby Tassel, the assistant director of WISE, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that provides crisis services to people affected by domestic and sexual violence, praised Hanover High’s initial response to news of the skits. Calling the activity “egregiously inappropriate,” Campbell canceled the team’s homecoming game, among other measures.
But Tassel worried that “splitting hairs” now over descriptions of the skit perpetuates a culture in which boys and men see women as objects to be “banged.”
“I find it really hard to imagine that a woman would truly consent to a quote-unquote gang bang,” Tassel said. “That’s just not the message we want to be sending young men.”