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Rate Of Sexual Assaults on Campus Must Decline

This story from the Post-Gazette is an opinion piece about sexual assaults on college campuses. You can read the whole story HERE. The gist of the editorial is that parents have enough to worry about sending their daughter off to college without having to worry about whether or not she will be raped. And of course the young woman is in the same boat. She has plenty to be concerned about as well. But she shouldn't have to worry about being sexually assaulted. "A recent White House report revealed that a staggering one in five female students reported being the victim of a sexual assault. Worse, only one in eight student victims report the crime." Among other things alcohol plays a huge role in these sexual assaults. With the party atmosphere at most colleges, alcohol and drugs flow freely and young men entice young women to be part of the group and have some fun by drinking. There is a new push by the White House and Pres. Barack Obama for change in the college culture. He is calling on young people in college to acknowledge sexual assault is unacceptable. He is forming a task force to develop recommendations to prevent the crime and then how to respond to it once it's reported. The feeling at the White House is if you want to solve the problem you need to find out why sexual assaults occur and then determine why so few are reported. “No parent should ever fear for a child’s safety when he or she departs for college” so says Arne Duncan, Education Secretary. The best way for women to protect themselves anywhere but especially on a college campus is with one of our pepper sprays. They can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes giving you time to get away and seek help.
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