Sexual Assault on College Campuses

A reflection of P3 for CO-150

Thesis:

In order to ensure safer college campuses for students, harsher punishments must be enforced on perpetrators who perform acts of sexual assault by having a zero tolerance policy for any act of sexual assault, not giving special treatment to perpetrators who are college students and reshaping society’s perception of sexual assault.

Picture #1:

“Rape-free Campus”. Photograph. Psychology Today. 2012/1/09. Web. 2016/12/04.

This image represents the idea that perpetrators need to be eliminated from college campuses once they perform acts of rape. There is around a 15% chance that an assailant will perform more than just one act of sexual assault. This elimination would decrease the likelihood for that perpetrator to act again on the same campus.

Picture # 2: (pathos)

“Rape Confessions Due to Society”. Photograph. Socialchumbak. 2016/7/30. Web. 2016/12/6.

Society needs to focus the blame of sexual assault on the assailant rather than the victim. If society’s perception of sexual assault was altered towards the assailant, victims would be more inclined to report their cases. The assailant is the one who needs to feel guilty and understand they are one hundred percent at fault for their own actions.

Picture # 3:

Gustin, Mallory. “Reporting Sexual Assault”. 2016. IMG_2565.JPG.

The lack of harsh punishment for assailants does not just come from the prosecution of the cases but from the failure to report cases of sexual assault in the first place. Victims feel pressured not to report their cases of sexual assault for various reasons. Some reasons that prevent them from reporting sexual assault would be the fear that they will be found guilty for being drunk, wearing something revealing or not specifically saying “no”. This fear that victims have to not report their cases needs to come to an end with the enforcement of a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault on campuses.

Picture # 4:

Gustin, Mallory. “Effects of Sexual Assault”. 2016. JPG.

Sexual assault has many lasting effects on victims. It can leave the victim with a constant fear that they will run into their assailant again on campus. It may also effect the victim’s success in school. It might become hard for them to focus on their education after a traumatic event has happened.

Picture # 5: Counterargument (ethos)

“Title IX-End Rape On Campus”. Photograph. EROC. Web. 2016/12/04

Title IX contributes to laws regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Some believe that laws regarding sexual assault should not be passed because the school’s justice system runs differently from the judicial disciplinary system. I do agree with the fact that the judiciary would fully prosecute assailants for their actions but since the judiciary does not handle most cases of sexual assault, something has to be implemented in order for assailants to receive fair punishment now.

Works Cited:

Gray, Eliza. “This Is the New Frontier in the Fight Against Campus Rape.” Time.Com (2015): N.PAG. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

Gustin, Mallory. “Effects of Sexual Assault”. 2016. JPG.

Gustin, Mallory. “Reporting Sexual Assault”. 2016. IMG_2565.JPG.

“Rape-free Campus”. Photograph. Psychology Today. 2012/1/09. Web. 2016/12/04.

“Rape Confessions Due to Society”. Photograph. Socialchumbak. 2016/7/30. Web. 2016/12/6.

“Title IX-End Rape On Campus”. Photograph. EROC. Web. 2016/12/04

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