Colleges Finally Held Accountable

A story appeared in the New York Times recently about the complex issue of student sexual assaults on college campuses. The story centers around the dozens of universities around the country including Harvard, Princeton, Florida State, Ohio State, Columbia and many others that are under investigation by the Department of Education for their handling of sexual violence on campus.

At the heart of the issue of campus sexual assaults is how these institutions of higher learning which are supposed to be at the forefront of societal change, deal with the legal requirements of title IX and the Clery Act and are finally being held accountable.

The problem is in a nutshell:

  1. “As many young women as one out of four on the low end and one out of three on the high-end, have been sexually assaulted at some point in her four years at a college or university;
  2. The assailant is known to the victim in close to 90% of the cases. They are more than likely classmates or live in the same dorm;
  3. Alcohol or drugs are involved in over 70% of the cases.”

Then how the colleges deal with this issue creates a second problem. To put it bluntly, college administrators have no clue how to deal with this criminal activity on their campuses. Because of reporting requirements, they are afraid the issue may cause a loss of students or bad media attention. Let’s face it: a loss of students leads to a loss of revenue and tarnishing of the school’s image. No administrator wants to be part of that.

The lack of any action on the part of school officials has led to an uprising of student protests and complaints which finally got the attention of the White House. Pres. Obama has stepped into the fray forcing college administrators to pay more attention to a largely unfamiliar set of duties closer to criminal justice than higher education.

It has been our humble opinion that school administrators and government officials cannot legislate their way out of this problem.

So while administrators struggle with the problem, students, particularly female students, need to learn how to defend themselves against these sexual assaults.

We recommend that female students learn the basics of self-defense and then arm themselves with a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun. Pepper sprays are legal in all states with a few restrictions here and there. Stun guns are illegal in several states.

Any one of our over 100 keychain pepper sprays is an effective defense against assaults, but this Streetwise Keychain Pepper Spray is our biggest seller perhaps because of the selling price of $4.95 or perhaps because it is 46% hotter than competing brands.

This popular self-defense DVD is entitled Women’s Combat is taught by Kimber Johnson who is a lifetime martial artist and assault survivor. It is one of the few self-defense DVDs on the market today that is specifically geared toward women.