The students four years after high school mark the moment in life where students become independent and free. Because of the freedom, college students are more suspectiblento impetuous actions like drinking, doing drugs, and even commuting sexual assault. Sexual assault on campus has been a huge topic that has been discussed in the country and “colleges have done little to stop violence in their campus” (Dick, Ziering). In 2015, Brock Turner, a student from Stanford, sexually assaulted a young woman on campus. Turner claimed that because he was drunk, was with friends, and saw a “promiscuous” female students, that pressured him to collimating such a heinous crime.
Sexual assault occurs frequently in college yet about “90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault” ("Statistics About Sexual Violence"). Although the majority of people are under the assumption that the assault is the fault of
Previous research shows that consensual sex is most ambiguous when it comes to ‘Diminished Capacity rape’ (Abbey, 2002). This is when one person forces sexual penetration on another person who cannot consent to the activity. Diminished Capacity rape occurs most when individuals are intoxicated. This type of rape is the reason why most young people as a culture are at risk of misunderstanding non consensual signs. A news article was presented about an oxford student activist, resigning from posts over non-consensual sex (Khomami, 2015)
Students entering universities encounter many new obstacles during college years. Undergraduates struggle to balance academics, extracurriculars, and social life as they navigate their way through higher education. Party culture and societal values have made college campuses a place where binge drinking and drug use are not only common, but considered a norm, resulting in unsafe sexual situations for both men and women. Widespread sexual assault is not a new phenomenon on college campuses, where 1 in 5 women experience attempted or completed assault over the course of a college career (Sexual Violence, Facts at a Glance, 2012). However, commentary and reporting on the topic of rape and violence on college campuses have gained rapid momentum in recent months.
In Zoë Heller’s Rape on the Campus, She advocates how sexual assault happens often on campuses, and that it needs to be significantly more addressed; as it is scarce for women to bring the college’s attention to the assault. Heller asserts that, “20 percent of women are sexually assaulted during their time at college and as few as 5 percent of these assaults are ever reported to police” (185). Noting that ninety-five percent of sexual assault cases are dealt by the college, colleges can take advantage and handle its reputation by outputting false information to cover any potential negative reputation. While colleges are forced to obey the rules of title IX, I believe this is an inadequate effort to remove bias teachers and workers from colleges.
Common among rape cases regardless of the gender of the victim is the disconnect between the psychological response and the physiological response. Men who are the victims of male perpetrated sexual assault may experience arousal despite the attack and actions being unwanted, which may lead them to question their sexuality. They equate an erection, or sexual arousal, with desire and attraction because that is what they have been taught through societal and cultural expectations for men to always be ready and always desire sex. Male victims may also feel “special” or like they were purposefully selected by their assailant which can further perpetuate their likelihood to internalize their shame and self-blame. Overwhelmingly, males are raped or sexually assaulted by someone they know and they are more likely to use their “position of trust to gain a psychological advantage” (King, 1990).
Recent headlines have highlighted the fact that rape culture is prevalent in our society, most noticeably on college campuses. To understand why this is a social issue we first have to understand what rape culture entails. Rape culture is a set of assumptions that reinforces male sexual aggression and disregards violence against females (Hildebrand & Najdowski, 2015, p. 1062). Simplified, it is an environment where sexual violence is normalized and most of the time excused. One out of five females in the United States are sexually assaulted by a male at some point in their lifetime (Hildebrand & Najdowski, 2015, p. 1059) and college aged females are four times more likely to be a victim of rape than any other age group (Burnett et al.,
Registered sex offenders who did not commit an actual sexual assault, are still subjected to being ridiculed and sometime victims of violence. An individual who urinates in public is classified as the same as an individual who committed rape. Even if an individual pleads no contest, they still have to register on the sex offender list. Sex offender policies unfairly targets juveniles because their victims are young. However, because they are young, their victims will tend to be younger.
Date rape violence An American is sexually assaulted, which is someone coming in sexual contact with someone without consent, every minute and 47 seconds. Sexual assault and dating violence has become more and more common. Out of four teenagers, one of them has been sexually abused in a relationship.
George, I certainly agree with your statement in that, “We live in a day and age where the top stories are the ones that keep peoples attentions”. Too often the victims of sexual assaults in prisons go either unnoticed or are seen as having “deserved what they got” for what they did. This is outrageous. Individuals are sentenced to do their time, not to be victims themselves. I wonder if it ever occurred to people that sexual assaults can cause a world of trauma to an inmate.
Description of the Media The Hunting Ground is a documentary film that captures students who have been sexually assaulted at their college campus. This documentary specifically focuses on two former University of North Carolina students, Andrea Pino and Annie Clark. They both share the same story of being raped on UNC campus.
Sexual Assault is a horrible problem in the United States. On average, 1 in 5 women in the United States has reported being raped at least once in her life. In addition, 78.7% of women reported that their rape occurred before they turned 25, and 40.4% reported that their rape happened before they turned 18 (Itzin 2430). The sexual objectification of women in our society contributes to rape culture that allows sexual assault to happen. In addition, rape victims often do not report their rape due to victim blaming, which is also a part of rape culture.