Georgia Tech investigating Phi Kappa Tau "rapebait" email

Georgia Tech issues a weak condemnation of the email promoting sexually aggressive behavior among frat members

Published October 8, 2013 6:43PM (EDT)

   (Wikimedia Commons)
(Wikimedia Commons)

Phi Kappa Tau, the Georgia Tech fraternity behind the email instructing members on how to go about "luring rapebait" at college parties, is under investigation by university officials.

In a statement released to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Tech said it was "aware of this incident" and "is currently engaged in an investigation to determine the facts. Phi Kappa Tau’s national office, as well as Tech’s student-led Interfraternity Council, are also reviewing the matter to determine whether to take any independent action. The Institute does not condone this type of behavior and continues to provide resources and education designed to create a supportive campus environment for all students, even those who exercise extremely poor judgment.”

While it's great that the university is investigating the matter, the language of the statement is a little weak, no? Creating a guide called "How to Lure Rapebait" and urging men to "GO GET MORE ALCOHOL" if a woman resists their pickup lines is not exercising "extremely poor judgment," it is creating a potentially dangerous campus environment in which sexual violence is being encouraged among the student body. And "this type of behavior" is called sexism.

It's OK to put a name to these things, really.

More to come as the story develops.



By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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