Oxford city centre ‘rape’ chant video sees notorious Cambridge drinking society investigated by police
Footage shows large group of 'drunken men' chanting 'she's too young', '15 years' and 'rape, rape, rape'
A notorious Cambridge drinking society is facing a police investigation after a group of men suspected to be members was filmed walking down a street in Oxford chanting about rape.
The group, described as being clearly intoxicated, were captured on video by an Oxford student who later reported the incident to Thames Valley Police.
The footage, circulated via YouTube and the Facebook group “Misogyny Overheard at Oxford”, shows a large group of men marching down the street early on Saturday evening.
Some members of the group, who are out of shot and not identifiable in the video, can be heard chanting “rape, rape, rape”, “she’s too young” and “15 years”.
Students on Facebook claimed that the group’s clothing identified members as belonging to the Cambridge drinking society the Wyverns, whose annual garden party made headlines when it was banned from university grounds for appearing overtly sexist. The Cambridge edition of The Tab reported that current students from the university were identifiable in the video.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the 22-year-old female Oxford student who filmed the incident on her mobile phone said she confronted the group about their “threatening” and “intimidating” behaviour.
She said: “I think they knew they were doing something wrong but it’s the group mentality. I spoke to one and said, ‘Don’t you find this offensive?’ He said, ‘Why is it offensive? We are actually promoting women’s issues.’ After they said that to me I was speechless.
“I think it was the fact that they were chanting feminist slogans, but in this case it was drunken men staggering and chanting in a jostling way. It was taking slogans out of their context and presenting them in a way that was offensive.”
A spokesperson for Cambridge University told the newspaper: “If indeed these students were from Cambridge, their behaviour is deplorable. The colleges and university will be investigating.”
Thames Valley Police issued a statement which said: “We received a call on Sunday which was a report of a group of men using offensive language in Cornmarket Street, Oxford, on Saturday evening at approximately 7.30pm. Our officers are in the early stages of making enquiries.”
The Wyverns, responding on Facebook today, said that they had not organised the event and that it did not show “current students” participating in the “disgraceful” chants.
“The Wyverns would like to condemn the actions of those seen acting inappropriately in Oxford this weekend,” the group said. “We find the behaviour seen in the video appalling and hope those who are involved are made to apologise.”
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