TW: RAPE
I'm going to take a moment out of my day to reflect on an issue that hits close to home.

Background: I worked for the athletic department of a Division I University. I also simultaneously worked in the front office of a professional sports team in the city that I lived in. In all, I've worked for 3 professional sports teams' total. I was a Varsity and Club athlete for a Division II University. I know for a fact that often times, the one word that follows athletes around is "yes." I rarely heard anybody say "no,' to an athlete. I always was baffled when it came to the hero-worship that surrounded athletes. These people don't teach your children how to read. They aren't curing diseases. They aren't fighting for your country on the front-lines (currently, at least, anyway....I see you Teddy Williams). They aren't putting their lives on everyday for your safety, like those in the fire department or police force. To see grownups, bend over backwards, for an autograph, confounded me. The entitlement and pettiness that fills the front office can be even worse.

I wish that athletic departments, and professional athletic programs, would tell their athletes:

No one deserves to be raped because they were under the influence of alcohol or another substance.

No report of rape should be discredited because the victim has a history of mental illness.

Athletes accused of these crimes should not be coddled or protected by the administration of any sports organization.

Institutions should not hide allegations of sexual violence.

Better mental health counseling should be widely available to victims of violent crimes on college campuses.

Less slut shaming, more culture change.