Campus Sexual Assault Essay

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Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the consent of the victim. Examples of this type of behavior include rape, forcing one to perform sexual actions, unwanted sexual touching, or even verbal threats. Today, sexual assault is continuing to grow as an epidemic on college campuses and many students lack the knowledge and awareness of this problem. Almost 100 colleges and universities reported at least 10 cases of rape on the main campuses in 2014 (Anderson). “Many reports claim that approximately 95% of all U.S. campus sexual assaults go unreported (Realities).” Under-reporting reflects a need for increased campus prevention and support systems. Campus sexual assault …show more content…
The most common form of rape on college campuses is incapacitated rape. Incapacitated rape involves the act of penetration while the victim is disabled from either drugs or alcohol. Studies show that 15 percent of women are raped while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol during their freshman year of college. Many young women believe that drinking can enhance sexual experiences, which makes them at a greater risk of incapacitated rape (Nesbit). Researchers believe that a student’s view of alcohol is a risk factor to this type of rape. Not reporting these situations of incapacitated rape may lead serial rapists, to go …show more content…
The rates of stalking on college campuses are reported to be higher than those of the general population. The most common forms of stalking include unwanted phone calls or text messages, spying, showing up uninvited at victim’s location, or waiting for victim at a particular location (Gray). “Approximately 4.2 percent of students experience a form of stalking immediately after entering college (Campus).” Some of these cases of stalking may occur before or after an incident of sexual assault. Many women fear walking alone in parking lots, riding public transportation, and being home alone after being stalked. Stalking can become dangerous over a course of time leading to some cases of abduction. “Almost 200 college students are abducted each year with half of these involving stranger abductions (Missing).” Some familiar cases of abduction are of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham, both college students in Virginia that were abducted and later murdered by the same man who continuously stalked them. The time of responses by police or college officials determines the success or failure of the case. A campus could help the issue of stalking by identifying the issue and publicizing that stalking is

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