Universities Treating Sexual Assault, How?
Sexual Assault on a College Campus
Sexual assault is a form of victimization that is underreported. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1:5 woman and 1:16 men are assaulted. Women ages 18–24 are the most likely demographic to be sexually assaulted. On a college campus how is this different? More importantly how are colleges and universities addressing this serious issue?
There are many prevention resources available. These include online trainings and other programs that are created specifically for college campuses and universities.
Different institutions create rules and regulations on prevention resources provided. This results to an influence on students knowing less about sexual assault.
Colleges have there own institutional rules, otherwise known as justice systems. Universities and other colleges can report what they want because of their own rules and regulations, despite the federal and state laws. According to Washington post, they mentioned the percentages of reports on colleges in the United States.
“45% of colleges reported zero sexual assaults”
This is dramatic — Do you believe that there were zero assaults on these college campuses? Bullshit. What could universities be doing to prevent sexual assault and be more honest to community members? The White House Task Force shows that assault does occur on a college campus!
“The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released their first report in April 2014, leading with a chilling statistic: one in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career.”
Universities could be Doing More
I theorized that colleges and universities could be doing more while prevention centers are providing everything they can to different institutions.
Students acquire less knowledge from prevention resources because of the university’s rules and regulations, resulting in lack of essential learning on sexual assault.
An example is at Western Washington University there is a required course called Haven meant for college students, and is used throughout many different institutions. Some University’s such as Western create ways out of taking these courses by providing a override to students for reasons such as not having enough time. The problem with these “approvals” is that the institutions are causing students to lack knowledge of essential information.
Haven has “800+ partners to span this information across public and private colleges and universities, and national fraternities and sororities.”
Perhaps the prevention resources are providing all of the information they can to the public such as universities and colleges, and the universities are supplying this information to the students how they want.
What You Might Have Thought?
On the web, researching sexual assault and preventions there is a lot of information and preventions on alcohol, and less prevention on the main topic of assault. How are these related at all?
Do you believe alcohol and sexual assault are related? Well… whatever you are thinking is probably wrong, based off of the findings within the Brock Turner Court Case. “People of the State of California v. Brock Allen Turner” this common case is quite twisted because it somehow created a focus of alcohol being the problem. The Turner family went around to different schools explaining why alcohol is bad; they did not focus on the main issue of why sexual assault is bad. This case brought many important issues to the public, such as assault happening on a college campus, the institutional response, and prevention of sexual assault.
Alcohol Is Not the Cause of Sexual Assault on a College Campus
The important idea to realize, and is critical, is sexual assault is not actually caused by alcohol; it is “blamed “ by some individuals. An example is Brock Turner’s case, where he and his family said it was because of alcohol. It is vital for universities and students to understand the main issue that people assault because they have the intentions to. It is necessary that universities provide all the information they can, and treat assault as serious as it is.
Are you frustrated with this?
There are ways to help if you feel like this is an issue you are interested in. Different universities have prevention and wellness centers, websites that have training such as Haven and Live the Green Dot, and other ways to help are hotlines that you can call or even become more familiar with. The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) is a way to help people whom are impacted by sexual violence.