Effects Of Rape Culture On Campus

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Rape Culture on Campus:
Caught between Sexism and a Hard Place
Rape culture on college campuses is a prominent issue that various universities cannot effectively tame. Unfortunately, many do not acknowledge the issue as if its presence on college campuses is not as detrimental as statistics illustrate. Although there are programs that receive grants to educate youth on rape prevention, the percentages of reported and unreported incidents are not reducing as planned. This is in direct relation to some colleges and programs believing that “rape prevention is still a woman’s job”” (Allen). As reported by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their college career suggesting that
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Even in those times, men were coming up with new ways to manipulate women into having sex with them even if it was against their own will. Sadly, if there was a woman claiming to have been raped or sexually assaulted by an acquaintance before the 1980s, they were liable to be blamed even more for what happened. Acquaintance rape was not recognized as a legal crime until the 1980s and this is extremely ironic because this form of rape is prominent on college campuses across the nation. Young women being snatched away in the dark or drugged by strangers was common, but is least likely during these times. Statistics on sexual assault prove that 9 out of 10 women are taken advantage of by men they already know on college campuses (National Sexual Violence Resource Center). Because of these facts, the focus is being placed into the protection of women because the probability of a woman being raped on campus is higher than that of a male, but it is obvious that the blame for these crimes are still being placed on the …show more content…
Unfortunately, sexism plays a tremendous role in these situations. It is statistically proven that most people never speak up possibly because of the fear from being attacked and/or blamed for such a crime being committed against them. Webster’s dictionary defines sexism as prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially: discrimination against women. It was found that out of 1 in 5 female college students only 11% report their abuse (NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). One can only imagine that part of this reason may arguably be because of the stigma that is placed around being sexually abused which is single handedly enforced by colleges. It may not be said verbally, but on college websites, seminars, and flyers across the nation women are automatically being held responsible and are thoroughly judged when bringing up the issue of being sexually assaulted. Two researchers, Nicole Bedra and Kristjane Nordmeyer, discovered that out of 500 prevention tips posted by colleges or universities over 80% of them targeted women and less than 14% targeted men. When gender neutral tips are only a whopping 6%, this sends off the message that men should not be held responsible for such actions (Allen). Most rape prevention techniques toss much of the burden on women and it

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