Could Sorority House Parties Help Prevent Rape on Campus?

Some students want to move the alcohol away from frats.

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Colleges across the country have cracked down on frats after a series of high-profile sexual assaults. But could boozy sorority parties be a better solution?

The New York Times spoke to experts and students about the possibility, and students seemed on board. Many college women said they'd feel safer going to parties that other women controlled. 

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Members of one sorority, Sigma Delta, say women feel less threatened at their events. The Dartmouth sorority, which isn't nationally affiliated, throws parties with female bartenders and designated sober sisters. "Especially younger girls feel much more comfortable coming to our sisters for help if they need it," social chair Molly Reckford told the Times. "You can't kick a guy out of his own house."

That's not the case for most sororities. Every organization in the National Panhellenic Conference voluntarily bans alcohol in their houses, possibly to keep insurance rates low, the Times notes. Plus, many sorority houses simply aren't set up for big parties—they tend to have smaller common rooms and less austere decor. 

So it's a nice thought, but until we see it in practice, we'll never know.

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