Letter to the editor | Peer pressure is no solution

January 27, 2014 

I am a senior at State High and next year I will go off to college.

One of my chief concerns will be keeping myself safe from sexual harassment and assault.

In a column in Sunday’s CDT, Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s quoted President Barack Obama as saying that he wants “every young man in America to feel some strong peer pressure in terms of how they are supposed to behave and treat women.”

Obama is saying young men need to be pressured into behaving in a correct and upright manner toward women.

The young men he speaks of are not impulsive 3-year-olds, but legal adults who should be mature enough to behave by themselves.

It is ridiculous to rely on peer pressure to change how men treat and interact with women. What Obama should have said was that every young man in America needs to change his personal actions and behavior toward women.

If this happened, peer pressure to treat women correctly would, of course, follow; but peer pressure is a result of the cure, not the cure itself.

Lindsey Rothrock, State College

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