Self Defense In College

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Although sexual assault can happen to both men and women, most assaults are carried out onto women by men, who are usually, bigger, and stronger than women. On college Campuses the risk of rape and assault aimed towards women is very high and worrying. Today Universities are the focus of national attention where the issue of sexual assault is broadcasted through student activism, resources, and demands for legal action. While many people have differing ideas on how to handle the situation, such as educating men, teaching women how to avoid dangerous situations, and ____, Self defense should be a significant resource campuses provided women. Self defense is a tool women can in life threatening situations, self defense is the most effective …show more content…
Today a woman has a 1 in 5 chance of being a victim of assault, and even more disturbingly a college woman is 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted . Most sexual assaults against college women occur her freshman or sophomore year. In about 80% of the time , she knows her attacker. Some suggest that a sexual assault happens as often as every 2 seconds. And while not every woman encounters sexual violence, most women encounter objectification and rape culture on a daily basis: street harassment. According to “HollaBack!” an organization committed to ending street harassment 99% of women are victims of street harassment,. Street harassment is usually more frustrating that life threatening. However the reality is that a simple “hey baby” can escalate into a dangerous situation. For example, in 2014 a fourteen year old girl was ran over multiple times after rejecting her attacker’s offer for sex. Rape culture is huge on college campuses for example, the Sigma Nu chapter at Old Dominion University hung signs that said "Rowdy And Fun! Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," "Freshman daughter drop off" and "Go ahead and drop off mom too,”, ( Samuels) This incident is just one example of the objectification and rape culture women experience on college campuses. And although incidents like these are not life threating they do …show more content…
They have student resources for victims such as counselling, They have clearly defined sexual assault and consent, and campus policy and law, along with other forms of awareness. For instance, the Blue Light System and the special course at the beginning of the year regarding drugs alcohol, and sexual violence are already in place. As of fall 2014, U.S. colleges and universities that receive federal funds must give sexual assault p education to all students due to the “Not Alone” mandate by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, it strengthens federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to help combat sexual assault on their campuses. This mandate describes its goals as “ 1. Identify the scope of the problem on college campuses; 2. Help prevent campus sexual assault; 3. Help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted; and 4. Improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts.” (Not

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