What Female High School Seniors Should Know About Campus Sexual Assaults
May is that joyous time of year when millions of teenagers graduate from high school. For the close to 2.5 million freshmen representing nearly 70% of all high school graduates according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, it is time for preparation, anticipation, goodbyes and a certain amount of anxiety on the part of future college freshmen and their parents. The National Center For Education Statistics Fact Sheet showed that for the fall of 2013 a record 21.8 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities. Surprisingly females account for the vast majority at 12.5 million. Most of them are attending as full-time students at four-year institutions, although more and more are starting out as part time students at community colleges and other two-year schools. Before young women who are high school seniors go off to college here are some facts that they should know about campus sexual assaults.
Knowing this ahead of time will allow them to prepare themselves and perhaps avoid some heartache. Campus sexual assaults have received a lot of publicity lately mostly because the White House administration has stepped into the fray. Pres. Obama has called for colleges and universities to step up and curtail or eliminate sexual assaults on their campuses. It is difficult for parents and young women who are looking at prospective schools to get a clear picture of assaults on a college campus because universities and colleges do such a good job of hiding the facts. Why do they do that? The answer is relatively simple. They hide the truth about assaults on their campuses because no one wants to go to a school that has a reputation for crime, particularly crime against young women. It would cost them millions.
Schools are required to report crimes on their college campuses annually. Most schools circumvent the spirit of this requirement by reporting “violations of the student handbook” rather than the more serious felony sexual assault. How clever? Some indisputable facts are:
- One in four women will be sexually assaulted in her four years at a college or university.
- Drugs or alcohol are involved in close to 70% of all cases.
- The assailant is known to the victim in close to 90% of the cases
- Less than one in ten actual assaults ever gets reported.
There are mitigating factors for some of these facts. Young college freshmen women are eager to soak up the culture of the college atmosphere where drugs and alcohol are prevalent at parties and celebrations. More experienced male upperclassman have been known to take advantage of these naïve young women with date rape drugs and other drugs and alcohol. Many victims of sexual assaults can’t even remember what happened because they were so drugged or drunk. The reason that so few are ever reported is that most assailants are classmates or live in the same dormitory so daily contact with an assailant is more likely than not. Peer pressure from fellow students and perhaps fellow victims make reporting seem like a fruitless exercise when word on campus is that nothing ever happens to the assailant other than a slap on the wrist.
Tips To Avoid Sexual Assault On Campus
- Always carry a self-defense product with you wherever you go. It can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes allowing you time to escape a potentially dangerous situation and seek help. A Convenient Self-Defense pepper spray, for example, that is on a keychain is particularly effective and is small enough to be unobtrusive. Since it’s on a keychain it is more than likely to be with you when needed. The same thinking goes with this Powerful Stunning Device as shown below that is 5,000,000 volts and comes with a keychain attachment.
- Always go places with a buddy even to parties and celebrations. You can watch each other’s back.
- Be especially leery of parties where alcohol and drugs are flowing freely. Young women who are entering college should not have to worry about getting sexually assaulted on campus. Unfortunately, it is just a fact that it is likely. If you know this ahead of time, you can take some proactive steps to defend yourself if and when the time comes.
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