Claim: A woman is raped during a campus’s midnight scream session the day before finals, but her cries for help go unnoticed amidst the tumult.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1995]
Here’s a true dorm story from UCLA. My ex was going there at the time, and told it to me.
During finals week UCLA students would wait until about midnight. Then, one by one, they would each open their windows and start to scream. It was a great stress reliever, from all the quiet time during the day. The entire campus was to have silent time for a week during the finals period, except for a two hour reprieve.
One morning during the winter final period, in 1991, the student newspaper read:
Origins: Students at many campuses have
adopted the custom of “primal screams” or “door slams” during the dead period — anywhere from a day to a week in length — between the last class sessions and the start of final examinations. At a designated time, students all slam their dormitory room doors or scream through opened windows or join a crowd of cacophony-producing students outside the residence halls. This practice is a generally harmless way of blowing off some steam during the pressure-filled days before final exams.
The claim that a woman’s cries for help while she was being raped went unnoticed amidst all the frenzy of a “scream session” does not appear to have been based on any actual incident. The tale may have arisen out of a combination of elements: students’ general feelings of insecurity about living away from home, heightened campus awareness of “date rape” and other assaults on women, and some students’ disapproval of the “primal scream” phenomenon.
(The case of Kitty Genovese — a 28-year-old woman who was murdered outside her apartment in Queens,
Last updated: 30 June 2011
Bronner, Simon J. Piled Higher and Deeper. Little Rock: August House, 1990. ISBN 0-87483-154-7 (pp. 37-38).