Sexual Assault On College Campuses Is An Issue
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Sexual Assault On College Campuses Is An Issue

No student should have to choose between an education and fear of being sexually assaulted.

Sexual Assault On College Campuses Is An Issue
American Association of University Women

85-90% of sexual assault victims know their attackers (National Institute of Justice). More likely than not there is no scary stranger jumping out from a bush. The rapists on college campuses are both repeat offenders, and are the average college student (Lisak, "Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending Among Undetected Rapists"). 1 in 16 of these "undetected" rapists when asked if they'd ever had sexual intercourse or relations when a woman was incapable of consenting, or refused admitted they'd gone ahead. What made this even more disturbing was the fact that they showed no remorse, and did not think this behavior constituted as sexual assault or rape because no weapon was used, and the victim never actually said no. Sexual assaults on college campuses are both rampant and disturbing, when parents send their daughters off to college, they face the reality that their daughter may become a victim of sexual assault. This mentality that dressing a certain way will provoke unwanted attention, or their being intoxicated puts you at your own risk willingly is beyond ignorant. College is the years you get to experience life, see things, and meet people, as well as get to know yourself and your boundaries. By placing all the fault and responsibility on 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 year old's is preposterous. How can we live when we face the constant threat of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and victim shaming. Not being able to walk alone at night, go for a morning jog, go out with friends, and having to constantly be on edge around male classmates. The reality is these rapists are not strangers, they are people you know, who know you, and who more likely than not you trust, and recognize.

When I see the statistics, and think about who could possibly know my schedule, I realized any number of people could. During the academic year, my schedule every semester was set with classes, work, and going to the gym. This conversation needs to be had, and the attitude of blaming female students for enticing their male counterparts is not solving and will not solve the problem. Unfortunately, the statistic of one in five college women being sexually assaulted was validated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, these numbers time and again have been found to be correct. We need to do more, we owe our sisters, mothers, and daughters more than this. Consent needs to be made a priority, and the charges need to be more than misconduct, suspension for a day, immediate expulsion upon graduation (*all actual punishments by universities and colleges). This conversation needs to be had, and we need to face the reality as a society that there is a huge problem on our college campuses of sexual assault. No woman should have to sacrifice her education for fear of being sexually assaulted, harassed, and or being raped.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments