The Effects Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses Essay

1154 Words Nov 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
According to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center the number one crime caused on college campuses is sexual assault. College is supposed to be a safe learning environment, not a place where students fear they may become a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without consent. As a current college student, I believe there is a dire need to address this horrific and sensitive yet pertinent topic and try to find simple and effective ways to make the overall college experience safer. A good starting point in my opinion would be bombardment of education on the dreadful topic of sexual assault. Since information today is most commonly passed via social media, I believe creating shock factor and jaw dropping videos may be what people need to stay involved and educated and hopefully making smarter decisions in the future. There are even groups such as the Red Flag Campaign on college campuses that bring awareness to sexual assault. These are some ways we can inform our community, strengthen and support enforcements, responses, and report polices on and off campus.
Most sexual assaults occur at parties where alcohol and drugs are present. Alcohol and drugs greatly increase the chances of sexual abuse and assault in any situation. Since alcohol is a depressant and may lower inhibitions, something as harmless as a laugh and direct eye contact may be all that is needed to start the downward spiral leading to sexual…

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