Sexual Assaults On Campus-Heightened Priority?
Recently the White House, specifically President Obama, promised formulation of a task force concerning campus sexual assaults. The task force will investigate two main issues: how universities respond to allegations; how to enhance education programs.
At the press conference the president cited some statistics that are not new, but are alarming nonetheless.
- Between 25 and 30% of all women will be sexually assaulted in her four years at a University.
- Over 70% of all women who are assaulted claim to have been drunk.
- Close to 90% of all assailants are known to the women-probably because they are classmates.
- Fewer than 12% of all assaults ever even get reported.”
When women are assaulted on a college campus, many of them do not report it to authorities for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons is the fact that peer pressure is applied to the victims because the assailants are classmates and no one wants to see them get in trouble-geewhiz!
Another reason women don’t report on assaults is because the buzz on campus among their friends is that nothing happens. Campus authorities do their best to obfuscate reports of assaults on campus because of the potential damage it does to the college reputation.
Some time ago we suggested that college women who are victims of sexual assault report it to local police authorities rather than campus police. They are much more likely to get a more professional investigation that way.
Now there is a push in California to make that a requirement. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require local police to investigate claims of campus sexual assaults rather than campus authorities. It is, after all, a felony and a serious one.
The fact is, that despite the laws that have been passed, the protests by students and the good intentions of many people not much has changed in the last 30 years. The president has promised to use title IX as a way to change the playing field. Title IX has been there for 30 years without much luck.
We have more hope that the California idea of having sexual assaults on college campuses investigated by local police rather than campus police provides the answer.
In the meantime women need to learn how to defend themselves with a basic self-defense course and obtain and learn how to use a self-defense product such as a stun gun or pepper spray that can disable an assailant with astonishing effectiveness for as much as 45 minutes.
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