Anger as Rugby Trio Shout 'Rape' Taunts at Women Students

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Anger as Rugby Trio Shout 'Rape' Taunts at Women Students


Byline: Jaber Mohamed

FEMALE students faced a barrage of shocking sexist taunts at one of Scotland's top universities.

Rugby players from Edinburgh University's veterinary school repeatedly shouted 'gang rape' at horrified young women as they queued outside their student union.

Campaigners last night called for more to be done to end 'sexist, chauvinistic, lad culture' on campus. The incident at Edinburgh University is the latest in a string of examples of misogynistic behaviour in elite educational institutions.

Last year, a pair of female debaters were brought to tears by sexist heckling during an event hosted by Glasgow University Union, and Stirling University hockey players were filmed making jokes about miscarriage on a public bus.

As dozens of Freshers arrived at Edinburgh University Union in the city centre last Saturday night, three members of the rugby team from Royal Dick Veterinary College (RDVC), which is part of the university, began a tirade of abuse.

One student doctor said the jeers started after the young men demanded she check them for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). She said: 'Then the guys started chanting "Gang rape, gang rape, gang rape".' Another girl said: 'Their attitude is completely awful and sexist.' The slogan on the rugby club's Facebook page reads: 'The Dick Vet's finest collection of Gentlemen' and then adds a foul-mouthed reference its men-only status.

Club captain Iain Pashby yesterday apologised for the trio's behaviour. He said: 'To anyone involved in this incident, the club would like to extend a sincere apology.

'The type of behaviour described is utterly unacceptable and is being investigated.' Mr Pashby added: 'We encourage any witnesses who can help us to come forward. The RDVC RFC has enjoyed a long and warm relationship with the Edinburgh student body and hope to continue to do so.

'We are confident this can be resolved swiftly and permanently.' However, Naomi Beecroft, 22, president of Edinburgh University's Feminist Society, said an apology was not good enough.

'These incidents of sexist, chauvinistic, lad culture are not funny,' she added. …

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