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It's aggravating that, even with people out there like that, nothing will happen to them," said Erin, a Boston University student who asked that only her first name be used to protect her identity."They won't get expelled, they won't even get a slap on the wrist."At BU, as with a lot of other colleges in America, there's not really much of a dating culture. "And there's an idea that just because you don't say no doesn't mean you're saying yes. Merriman said the school now judges such incidents on a case-by-case basis, which gives more leeway to a female student who may have been assaulted while drinking."What BU wants is the safety of its students, but people don't really see that," she said.The student Erin accused will not be prosecuted, and her story has been met with disbelief by friends."It almost feels like there are guys out there who specifically wait for women to get drunk and then prey on them.They get a notch in the bedpost while I -- and many other girls like me -- am stuck trying to pick up the pieces and keep it together." On a campus where none of the 21 reported sexual assaults from 2006 to 2008 resulted in prosecutions and none of the 11 that went through BU Judicial Affairs resulted in expulsions, Erin's story is not unique.
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"It seems like many people, especially on college campuses, think sexual assaults and drinking go hand-in-hand," said an anonymous male student who responded to the survey.
BU does not have a rape crisis center, but instead offers support through Student Health Services and the Women's Resource Center, which opened last year.
"Whenever a sexual assault is reported, it's taken very seriously.
There is no skepticism," said BU spokesman Colin Riley.
Erin only had two flutes of champagne on New Year's Eve.