Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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Sexual assault on college campuses has been a social concern for several decades. It can be interchanged with many other terms such as rape, sexual abuse, or molestation. It has affected both females and males over the years, overall women being more likely to be the victim. Bureau of justice statistics show that one in four women experience sexual assault at college, but a majority never report it (Kingkade). College is said to be a time for young adults to explore self discovery, grow intellectually and experiment. A time for experimentation with alcohol and drugs; Partying, drinking and hooking-up being the social norms. Hooking-up, drinking and partying are the three greatest risk factors leading to sexual assault on college campuses. Many …show more content…
Currently the United States has one of the highest rape rate among countries, every 107 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted with the number of victims being 293,000 each year (Kahn). With many of the attacks being unreported and unrecognized sexual assault is said to be a silent- violent epidemic. The causes and reasoning behind sexual assault are entrenched into our society. Richardson and Shields make a point saying students are not the victims and “rape culture” but the victims of a damaged institution that contributes to risks of sexual assault ( Richardson and Shields 27). Women are staggeringly more likely to be the victim of sexual assault, while men are almost always are the perpetrators. Less than 5% of victims are male, and when men are sexually assaulted the perpetrator is usually male (Abbey 118). America’s stereotypical gender roles encourage men to be dominate and think that when a girl says “no” she is saying “convince me” leading them to be forceful (Abbey 120). In many cases men perceive women 's reject as a sign to try harder, and start sexual relations. Few women initiate sexual relations, Abbey states because gender roles expect women to set the limits on sexual acts and many times held liable …show more content…
The fact that alcohol and sexual assault co-occur does not prove that alcohol causes sexual assault. Many other determinates can be included in the cause of sexual assault. The influence of harsh parenting, insecure attachment and the hookup culture are all three potential risk factors for sexual assault (Sutton and Simons 2828). Children who grow up in hostile environments are commonly likely to engage in those same behaviors in their own relationship but currently there is no study relating sexual assault with parental hostility (Sutton and Simons 2828). Hooking- up has become a common phenomenon detailing unplanned sex with an acquaintance at parties, around two-fifths of college students engage in binge drinking , and alcohol often being associated with hooking- up (Sutton and Simons

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