Comedian Nikki Glaser's show Not Safe is not only hilarious, but doesn't shy away from tackling tough issues that are usually not discussed on television—let alone on Comedy Central. On a recent episode, Glaser interviews Brenda Tracy, a woman who was gang raped in 1998 but whose case was swept under the rug to protect the male athletes who assaulted her. Glaser goes on to roast college campuses who value student athletes over the safety of rape victims by using ostriches (it sounds weird, but it works), and demands change in the way colleges and universities handle rape cases all together.
After discovering that her rape case was hidden so Oregon State could raise money for a new football stadium, Tracy decided to take a stand against colleges who protect their athletes at the expense of rape victims. The conversation about rape has changed a lot since 1998, and Tracy now feels like she is positioned to take on the corrupt system that wronged her 18 years ago.
At one point, Glaser asks Tracy how women can avoid getting raped, and Tracy responds with "not be any place where a rapist is." She goes on to say, "This is not a women’s issue, this is a men’s issue. Men carry out 98% of all rape. Stop telling me how to not get raped." You can watch Nikki's full interview with Brenda Tracy here.
One of Tracy's sons, Darius Adams, started an online petition asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. You can sign it here.