Campus Sexual Violence Exposed

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Sexual violence is as prevalent as ever on college campuses. On average one in 20 college females report being raped and one in four will be the victim of sexual assault during her academic career as an undergraduate, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

According to NSVRC, sexual assault does not only include rape, but any involuntary sexual activity that someone in coerced to engage in when they have not consented. Sexual assault on college campuses is evident and many efforts to prevent such violence have been put in action.

USD, being a smaller campus, reduces the risk of sexual assault but does not eliminate it altogether.

Nevertheless, Sophomore Sloane Smith feels that sexual violence is prevalent on any campus.

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“The issue of rape and sexual violence is relevant whether not you are a male or female, partier or Friday night studier, on a big campus or a small campus,” Smith said. “USD is no exception to sexual violence.”

Despite statistics, many USD students, including junior Kami Shabaz feel relatively safe on USD campus.

Shabaz is fortunate never to have been victim of sexual violence, but many other female college students across the country have been less fortunate.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center said that every 21 hours a woman is raped on an American college campus. The study found that these women are normally in their first or second year of college. The report also said, “8 percent of men admit to committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. Of these men who committed rape, 84 percent said that what they did was definitely not rape.”

Confusion on whether it was rape or consensual is often related to the consumption of alcohol.

Being intoxicated increases the chance of being raped by one and half percent, according to NSVRC. The Cleveland Center said men are more likely to think that a woman who drinks is more willing to engage in sexual behavior. Sarah Lawrence College did a study and determined that at least 50 percent of college students’ sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use. Their study showed that if a woman is drinking than she is perceived as being willing to have sex.

Sexual assault is most likely to occur on campus than off campus and is normally committed by someone the victim knows. The Sarah Lawrence College study of sexual violence said that 80 percent of rape victims know their attacker.

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