The Importance Of Sexual Assault

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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 …show more content…
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 abuse and assault. Unfortunately college and alcohol have a massive history together and it doesn’t seem to have broken its bond. In the article A Dangerous Mix: Drinking, Sex and College Students it states that “A 2006 study funded by the National Institute of Justice found that the estimated 100,000 sexual assaults reported in the United States each year, about 62 percent were “drug-facilitated” and 5 percent of the victims were given date-rape drugs.” This displays that it is essential to make smart decisions when going out where there may be alcohol and …show more content…
There must always be consent between all parties involved or else it is considered sexual assault.
With statistics such as “1 in 4 college women will be the victim of sexual assault during her academic career” and “1 in 12 college-age men admit having fulfilled the prevailing definition of rape or attempted rape, yet virtually none of these men identify themselves as rapists”, stated by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, this problem needs to end. Some campuses have put out a few words of advice on what can be done to help prevent acts of sexual abuse and assault. West Virginia University states when going out to a party make sure to stick with friends, make a plan and have certain check points set to meet up incase people in your group become separated. Make sure you know what is going into your body, if your going to drink you should know your limits and do it responsibly. It is also never a good idea to let anyone handle your drink except for yourself. Drink out of clear cups and if you set your drink down and walk away it would be wise to throw it away and get a new one. Simple things like this can and will lower the chances for sexual

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