Risk Of Rape

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“The Risk of Rape” discusses the existence of rape on college campuses, and how the so called “ivory tower” is not as great as it seems. It mentions two opposing views: that the rape “epidemic is not real”, and that a large amount of rapes are committed against women attending college, and this is a problem that needs to be looked at. In order to see which side of the coin is right, this chapter covers studies done on college campuses. They look at how the social life of most college students could potentially be a risk of rape, such as going to night clubs, using alcohol or drugs, Greek-life related events, etc.
Mary Koss laid the ground work for future studies of rape on college campuses. One of the factors she looked at in her Sexual
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“A small but meaningful percentage of women face the risk of rape on college campuses” (Fisher 84). We cannot ignore the proven existence of rape in universities just because research is not perfect.
“Victim Secrets” begins by comparing being robbed at gun point to being raped by an acquaintance. Both are crimes and yet, only the former gets taken seriously by law enforcement and your social circle. The latter is a crime that involves proving victimization rather than proving that the perpetrator has committed the crime. The research looks at the issue of women who acknowledge the rape as what it is, and women who do not. This can obviously skew results, which is why questions must be worded carefully. The NCWSV Study handled this issue differently from Koss. “Unlike in some previous studies, the question did not concern rapes over a number of years or ask if the person had ever been raped. Rather, for each incident, the respondent was asked the very specific question, “Do you consider this incident to be a rape?” (Fisher
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Victim blaming certainly plays a role in this. The conclusion points out that the low rates of reporting could be misconstrued as women aren’t actually being raped at the rates that they are. Telling someone about the rape or not telling anyone could both end well or badly depending on who you’re telling. Rape myths are prolific in our society, and sometimes telling the wrong person can do more harm than good. The White House Report begins with quotes from Barack Obama and Joe Biden with their stances on sexual assault, both mentioning how damaging it can be and how we have to do what we can to protect future victims from it and to help those who have been victims. This is why the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault was created. It also pointed out that while men are not assaulted at the same rate as females, their victimization experiences still matter. Since not all men are rapists, the report talks about how we need to teach men to intervene when they see someone at risk of being

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