Many people try to argue against these statistics, stating that the studies are not compiled properly, regardless of the fact that multiple studies have reached this same conclusion. However, no perfect study is necessary to reveal that sexual assault is truly a threat to college students across America and that it needs to be dealt with. Colleges should require students to take a class on sexual assault so the students will be educated, because informing these students could help spread awareness and reduce sexual assault in college. Sexual assault has always been a very hushed topic and society rarely confronts it and the dangers it could cause, yet it needs to become a world-wide discussion so that it can be prevented in the future. Since blame is often placed on the victim of sexual assault, America should ensure that students are aware of sexual assault and how college rape culture is encouraging it, and that sexual assault is never
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.
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.
Sexual assaults are often committed by someone a person knows. Instead of simply removing this person from all of the classes the victim and the offender have in common or trying to rearrange schedules so that they will not run into each other, more extreme measures need to be taken. Offenders need to know that there are serious consequences. Campuses must try to ensure that the offender goes to jail or is removed from the campus permanently so that victims do not have the constant worry of running into their offenders on campus. Besides just removing offenders, campuses need to be more open to students and raise awareness about the incidents that are occurring.
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.
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) (See appendix 2 for explanation).
Predictors of Sexual Assault While In College Sexual assault on campus is an important public health concern and public safety concern which has been becoming an important topic on colleges and universities across the country. According to a special report conducted by U.S. Department of Justice (2014), the Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013 (U.S. Department of Justice 2014) found that 20% of student victims reported a rape or sexual assault to the police during their time in college. Due to stigma of sexual assault and fear of retaliation we know that significant percentage of individuals never report their sexual assault, and other analyses have victimization reports ranging from 35% to a high of 56%
Institution doesn’t want to be perceived as a rapist college, so they will definitely cover up the problem. People may never know this kind of news until recently. There is a story about college sexual assault survivor that caught the eye on the internet.
The Hunting Ground; a powerful book that sheds light on the mistreatment and backlash that victims of sexual assault have received, including the so-called “rape-hoax culture.”, provides context for a growing social movement fueled by the stories and accounts of these victims. In a generation that is no stranger to the pressures of life, the appeal of sex, drugs, and alcohol to escape stress and demands, can create a hotbed for illegal activity, like sexual violence, on college campuses. Many young college students choose to go out to frat parties on the weekend to let loose and have fun, never thinking that they could find themselves unclothed on the dirty floor of a mysterious bedroom, with no recollection of how they got there. Even worse,
These requirements force colleges to take certain steps in protecting students from potential danger. Though these regulations help prevent sexual assault, they focus mainly on how a reported case is handled. Because of this, current government regulations are not enough to solve the issue at hand. Gray mentions how the White House wants to mandate annual surveys that provide unbiased information about sexual assaults (Gray 27). These surveys will allow the government to accurately determine the number of cases each year, because students complete them anonymously.
The most common crime in American colleges is rape. Twenty percent of women are sexually assaulted in college and only five percent are reported. It is common for a woman to be raped by an acquaintance than a stranger. In most cases, women are assaulted after being drugged, at a party, or studying in a dorm room alone. There are several steps colleges could take to prevent and stop rape on campuses.
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.,
Some women do not feel as though they have another option for a career path, so they choose prostitution. Although many people claim that condoning prostitution could mean that they are condoning the degradation of women, this is not true. These women are choosing to be prostitutes as their profession, and they want the same respect as other career paths. Supporters want prostitution to be legalized, as well as regulated by police to prevent human trafficking, monitored by physicians for STDs, and allowed to be reported for any violent crimes against women in that work force. By doing this, a new career for both men and women can become available while bettering the community, but also by increasing the tax revenue.
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. We should try and minimize the numbers of people who are sexually assaulted throughout their lives. Only 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities.
In regards to college campus rape I have a personal interest in this because I am a college student whose statistic of being raped is higher. This subject is relevant to me and my life. I know this is a problem because 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. Women 18-24 who are in college are 3 times more likely than women in general to be raped. Rape should be addressed seriously, so students know what constitutes as rape.