The Rape Culture Epidemic: Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

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Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

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It was Halloween night. The chill from the late fall air had settled over my suburban Philadelphia college campus. Bed-sheet ghosts and red-eyed angels stumbled back to their dorms, still buzzed from their respective parties. My best friend and I hugged, shaking from the steadily dropping temperature. We gave each other a nod, mutually agreeing that our night’s activities had come to an end.

We made our way through a campus building’s parking lot, en route to the school’s shuttle stop. This large bus was going to be our savior for the night, dropping us off at the stop right in front of our apartment. But before we could make it across the street, we watched in horror as the shuttle both came and left. That meant thirty more minutes would have to pass before our next crimson-colored chariot arrived. That, or we walked. It sucked, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

With slumped shoulders and dreams of blankets dancing in our heads, we continued on to the shuttle stop. The air temperature around us seemed to dropped twenty more degrees as a voice called out, “Well hello ladies. Still looking for a good time?”

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

Under the weak light of a street lamp, five men stood outside a campus apartment building, smoking. They began to slowly move closer, calling out again, “C’mon, your night can’t be over yet.”

This is a world where prestigious Ivy League fraternities can chant “No means yes, yes means anal,” and only be reprimanded when there is a national outcry.

The two of us took a few, tiny steps back. We didn’t want to take our eyes off of these men. Within seconds, my friend had campus public safety dialed on her phone. When they answered, we were clear with our concern.

“Hello? Yes, can two girls have a ride back to Merion Gardens apartment? We’re by the business school.” Her voice is shaking, and I’m still closely watching the group, that is now staring and motioning over to us.Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

“Yes, I’m aware the shuttle stops over there. But it comes in a half an hour, and we feel very unsafe. Yes, unsafe, there are a bunch of–“, She removed her phone from her face and stared at it. With wide eyes, she looked up at me. “They hung up”. We decided to power through, and try to get to the shuttle stop. But once again, these men called out.

“So do you girls not wanna trick or treat? We’ve got some goodies for you.” The group erupted into laughter, while our faces went pale. My brain began to concoct the worst case scenario. There were two of us…and five of them. The fight would be nowhere near fair. We could scream and kick all we want, but their strength would overpower us soon enough. All we could do was turn a blind ear and inch closer to the shuttle stop, keeping our fingers crossed.

Suddenly, our strained prayers were answered. In front of us pulled up a maroon public safety van, and we jumped in, arguably while it was still moving.

“Merion Gardens!”, my friend and I blurted out, watching the group of men recede back into the shadows. The driver looked at us apathetically and nodded.

Safe. Or were we? The officer in the passenger seat decided to prove me wrong.

“Did you hear that call that came in about girls feeling ‘unsafe’?”, he asks the van driver. “What bullshit. If you don’t feel safe, just walk away. Girls parade around in these skimpy outfits and then wonder how they end up in these situations.”

In the back seat, I clenched my fists. How could any girl feel comfortable around this campus when this was the protecting force? He continued on his sexist diatribe. “These girls should feel ashamed of themselves.” With that single line, I felt the gnawing teeth of rape culture cut me to pieces. I’d never be fully safe on my own college campus.

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

The number of rapes reported on college campuses can be categorized as an epidemic. A recent study conducted by Brown University concluded that one in five female college freshmen will experience sexual violence within their first year of school. Out of the women surveyed, about 20% reported being forcibly raped while incapacitated. Do we even have to preface it with the word “forcibly”? The very act of rape is forced. No one can be willingly raped.

Forty percent of colleges haven’t investigated a single rape case in the past five years.

In the same vein, the phrase “consensual sex” should be deemed as oxymoronic. All sex should be consensual. If it isn’t, then it’s rape. Even if sex was agreed upon initially, even if sex was occurring, the second there is a hesitation or objection, all consent is gone, and an act of sexual assault replaces it. However, by prefacing the “type of sex”,  the language suggests that women should feel some sort of shame for having sex, and that they are the cause for assault. This leads to finger pointing and derogatory phrases targeting survivors and women in general. It’s this culture that has led to nearly one in three college men admitting they might rape a woman if they knew no one would find out and they wouldn’t face any consequences.

The usage of this language is just one of the effects rape culture has had on our society. When 20% to 25% of female college freshmen report being the victim of sexual assault, we need to halt the senseless victim blaming and fix the problem at hand. There needs to be action taken against the attackers and the abolishment of the “was she was asking for it?” question. The “boys will be boys” excuse is archaic and wrong. Boys can be boys all the want, but when those boys become rapists, there is no justification of their behavior that can be solely based on their gender.

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

In October of 2010, the Yale fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon paraded through a portion of campus mostly inhabited by freshman women, chanting phrases deeply rooted in rape culture. This is a world where prestigious Ivy League fraternities can chant “No means yes, yes means anal,” and only be reprimanded when there is a national outcry. Since then, the chapter has been disbanded indefinitely. But why did it take a blatant, public act of sexual harassment for the country to understand that this type of behavior is not uncommon on a college campus?

One in three college men are predators — they admit they might rape a woman if they knew they could get away with it.

It is the very fear of being judged by their peers and faculty that keep survivors of sexual assault quiet. Much like the public safety officer I encountered, there are people out there who have no problem loudly voicing their ignorant opinions. These statements do not fall on deaf ears, however they do silence trembling mouths. Another factor weighing on women is the fact that most rape cases aren’t even investigated (in fact, 40% of colleges haven’t investigated a single rape case in the past five years), and even if the rapist is found guilty, about 90% of the time the punishment is very minimal, like simply writing a letter of apology.

The humiliation of sexual assault survivors on college campuses is a testament to the flawed priorities many institutions have. By shining a spotlight on the victims, what administrations are doing is creating a situation where she is no longer allowed to concentrate on her studies (if she was even able to, after such a traumatic experience), but instead is forced to live with almost constant distraction, shame and ridicule.

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

Another problem plaguing college campuses is the number of rapes committed by student athletes — and these administrations’ hustle to clean up the mess. Why does society feel the need to pretend that collegiate athletes are above such vulgar behaviors? To still cheer for a team that has sexual predators on it because “not the entire team is at fault”?

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?Administrations will go to great lengths to protect their biggest sources of income; the student athletes. A school that has been outed for having this problem, and mishandling it, is the University of Notre Dame. In 2010, Lizzy Seeburg (a freshman at Saint Mary’s College, across the street from Notre Dame) accused a member of the ‘Fighting Irish’ football team of sexually assaulting her. With the help of a friend, she penned this awful event in a statement that she and her friend signed and handed over to authorities. But the nightmare didn’t end there. A member of the Notre Dame football team texted Seeberg shortly after, telling her that “messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.”

Nine days later, after no protective action or investigation was taken by the school, Seeberg committed suicide. Even after that tragedy, it took the school nearly a week to interview the accused. The ruling was in favor of the football player, who then played in the BCS bowl game shortly after, with not even the slightest repercussions. Lizzy Seeberg was failed by her classmates, by her college, by and by society. All to protect a tradition based on patriarchal values and the “sacredness” of the game of football.

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?

The Hunting Ground, a documentary released in the spring of 2015, sheds a blinding light on the mishandling of campus rape by universities. It tells the story survivors turned activists, taking their cases all the way to the White House and sparking reform in rape investigation and charges. The documentary also features a song written by pop star Lady Gaga, titled “Til It Happens To You”, which you can watch here (but as a warning to survivors of sexual assault, the images and situations can be upsetting and triggering):

“I didn’t know how to think about it,” Lady Gaga said in a TimesTalks panel discussion. “I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It’s something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed my thoughts.” The singer spoke about her years of mental and physical therapy she endured to get back to a place of feeling safe within her own body.

Are Colleges Enabling Rape?All students should feel like their school is a place for them to learn, grow, and discover the color of their soul. Female students shouldn’t have to looking around every corner, afraid of what they might find. This organization has created an open conversation about the aftermath of campus sexual assault, free of shame and victim blaming.

The fact that we even have to explain to a human being that they should not take advantage of another human being, be it in a drunken or sober state, is disgusting. We as a society need to change these phrases, these outlooks, and these perpetuations. No more of the “She had to be asking for it”. No more of the “Did you see how she was dressed? She must be embarassed, so she’s making it up”. No more of the “He wouldn’t do that,” and the “He was drunk, he didn’t mean it”.

No more excuses and inaction. No more victim shaming. No more ignoring survivors seeking help.

No more.

 

If you have been sexually assaulted, please know that this is not your fault. You are not alone, and you never will be. There are resources available to you. Check out End Rape On Campus (EROC) and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. You can also call the National Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

Know Your IX was launched by a group of campus sexual assault survivors to educate students across the United States about their rights under the Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendment. The amendment states that all colleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to take action regarding gender based harassment and assault. Title IX is not about criminal justice, it is about the assertion of civil liberties and equal protection on college campuses.

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56 Comments

  1. Cynthia Keller

    What I find so interesting is that so many people believe the core of the issues at hand are linked to alcohol and wearing of slutty clothes. Some people are ignorant, yes. Sexual and domestic violence bring shame to victims. No man or woman has a right to go beyond the word ‘no.’ And if he/she can’t consent, it also means no.
    Thanks for a great article.

  2. Renee Wilk

    Thank you for this excellent perspective!

  3. Esther Earl Harris

    Sexual assault can happen anytime, to anyone. I’ve read somewhere that the more innocent a victim, the more threatening they are. We shouldn’t blame the victims. Instead of blaming them, we should be afraid enough to educate ourselves and our loved ones. We should look for more productive ways to respond to this threat.

  4. Christina Brown

    Alcohol is not the problem, the availability or vice versa of alcohol won’t necessarily prevent a rapist from raping if the rapist decides to rape.

  5. Rosina McMillian

    Kudos to Cristiana! What a long and interesting article. Our society teaches distorted views about sex. Every single person has some degree of dysfunction related to sex because our society fail to teach the truth. We should help rape victims (mostly women) and help men too! (by helping them change perception and behavior). Survivors deserve our support, not our scrutiny.

    • Amber Billenstein

      What stuck out to me from your comment was that you said women are the ones that get assaulted and we need to teach men to not take advantage. But it’s not just women that get raped or assaulted. It happens to men too. We should teach EVERYONE how to stay safe and how to get help, and teach EVERYONE not to take advantage of other people. Assault isn’t gender-specific.

      • may47

        I understand that you mean well by your comment, but that is taking away from the experiences of women who are being raped on college campuses. Male rape does happen, but not nearly as often, unless we are talking about prison. Your comment is equivalent to saying “All lives matter” instead of “Black lives matter.” Yes male rape victims matter, but the problem we are talking about is sexual violence against women on college campuses which desperately needs to be addressed and dealt with.

  6. Frances Seifert

    Rape on College Campuses in a nationwide Epidemic. The fact these people want to keep it quiet, is nothing new or surprising.

  7. Amanda Roberts

    Definitely something wrong when criminals are allowed out over and over to prey. This happens with all kinds of crime and we know it’s wrong.

  8. Kimberly Thompson

    It does not matter who, what or were someone is raped. Rape is a horrible thing that destroys your life forever. I would like to see a documentary done about rape in general and about the flaws in our laws that allow these sexual predators to continue with their crimes.

  9. Mary Johnston

    Thank you for posting this today. It somehow translates to the cowardice of shooting and taking advantage of defenseless people. Sexual assault is a national issue, but it’s clearly an issue that’s taken on a particular urgency on college campuses. We need to work toward creating campus environments where sexual abusers are tolerated. Make rape victims feel supported and can speak openly.

  10. Emma Blackwood

    I agree that there are ulterior motives at play, but that doesn’t make “verbal harassment… including wolf whistling, catcalling and sexual noises” alright. It’s obviously not as bad as rape, but it’s still persecuting and shouldn’t be allowed. To call it “clumsy come-ons” is dismissive, juvenile, and actually helps the discussed cause.

  11. Nicky Bryan

    Nicely timed, just as the various Uni’s start their ‘fresh meat week’, a phrase that applies to both male and female students, and the predatory staff and students of both sexes know full well that opportunist sexual encounters happen most easily during the first few weeks of parent free freedom… As a University employee I’ve witnessed this every year…

    • Catherine White

      The days of predatory staff are long gone and Freshers’ week has been renamed Welcome Week. Universities are now very conscious that a significant proportion of students do not drink, or at least do not get wrecked – and not just for religious or cultural reasons, and they are trying to re brand week 0.

  12. Fern May

    This totally is the biggest truth I’ve read lately. Campus rape is a big problem. The reality is the vast majority of rapists offend repeatedly, and are entirely aware of what they’re doing. I don’t know why most colleges simply want to ignore it and hope that it will go away. That allows it to grow worse.

  13. Pearl Nguyen

    Do universities who have hearings on rape accusations eradicate due process (after all, the hearings are a process)? Do they provide no protections?

    I’m not thrilled with having universities oversee complaints of sexual assault. But 1) existing university procedures aren’t necessarily tilted in favor of students who bring complaints. On the contrary. And law professors are active participants in debates about standards of evidence and protection.

    2) At present, these hearings are often the only way instances of campus rape are reviewed at all. If we abolished them in one fell swoop, we would ensure that even more instances of rape go unpunished.

  14. Leslie Williams

    There is a great deal of evidence––yes, “objective” evidence––that our current justice system fails to punish more than a small fraction of rapes. This proves that there is in fact a better way to deal with rape that we are currently following.

    Some of this evidence is obvious: when tens of thousands of rape kits go untested, the system is dysfunctional. Some of the evidence is inferential: when so many rapes go unreported, we can infer that there are widespread reasons why people don’t report a rape when they would report, say, a theft. That speaks to factors like shame, fear of not being believed, fear of retaliation. Although those factors aren’t just the responsibility of the justice system, they tell us that there is in fact a better way to pursue justice in rape cases.

    It’s wrong to assume that any attempt to address these problems would necessarily be less objective and would lower the standards of legal procedure that protect the accused.

  15. Delilah Peyton

    Universities don’t have the organization to handle a criminal investigation. do they have a dedicated court system with rules of evidence and procedure to ensure as much fairness to all sides as possible? Advocates for both parties whose only job is to present a case to a trier of fact (a judge or jury) which will assess the claims and determine an outcome?

    If they do, they have a shadow court system. And why do they need that? The burden of proof may be high in the criminal courts, but that is to ensure the innocent are not convicted (even though it still happens). How much more so will it happen in a “kangaroo court” where there are no rules except what seems fair (and “what seems fair” is a dangerous standard indeed, especially to the accused who may well be innocent) and to get the matter over with quick, because administrators and faculty have work to do, and investigating and adjudicating claims of criminal acts are not a part of that work.

    • Sibel Jenkinson

      On what basis are you calling them kangaroo courts? Are they just as farcical when they review student transgressions like a fight between students?

      University boards do in fact have rules of evidence and procedure; at my school those rules are being actively debated by law professors.

      In a better world, campus rapes would all be reported to police departments, and the police would vigorously investigate accusations and pursue indictments where warranted. But we don’t live in that world.

      I’ve seen this up close. Some students simply won’t report a rape to police. Others report to police but then ask their institution to help protect them (and other students) while the legal system sits on their case for years. All of this is problematic.

      But if you address the problem by writing off university hearings as a priori arbitrary and tilted against the accused, you have hardly gotten rid of the problems — you have only gotten rid of the problems for those who might be wrongly accused, leaving all the cases where the accuser has no avenue of redress, or only bad ones.

      One of the reasons I am wary of university hearings, by the way, is that the system can’t help but want to discourage reporting.

      • Emily Wentz

        You gravely misrepresent the situation.

        The universities cannot impose criminal penalties. The worst they can do is expel someone – essentially for the protection of their other students. So he goes home: not the same as going to prison.

        And they have an obligation to maintain an atmosphere “conducive to learning” – which date rape apparenty isn’t… They need to make a good-faith effort to establish the facts, but they don’t need proof “beyond the shadow of a doubt.” All they really need is a traumatised student.

  16. Kaitlyn Barrett

    Women and men get raped. Society hovers around them with disbelief. And now the campuses tell women that yes you have been raped, stand up for your self no matter the consequences. Are we still there? No matter the consequences? Let the women write the books. And the laws. The men will adapt then. We do not live in caves. They need to stop acting as if it’s ok for men to ignore that fact.

  17. Camila Hilhorst

    Schools are KNOWN for sweeping rape under the rug and look to thier own interests time and again. Rape IS a terrible crime and does need to be handled by our criminal justice system.

  18. Helena Stevens

    Considering that many campuses drop the ball on dealing with rape and hardly do anything for the victims (often hushing up victims), we need a more serious and effective way to deal with rape and to support the victims.

  19. I think the challenge is that universities are used to trying to build consensus, show respect for all points of view,and work together. Law enforcement, by contrast, is used to investigating if a crime occurred by gathering evidence related to the crime, and if they make that determination, charging the perpetrator. I think that when victims make the report to the university, what they expect to be done is more severe than an entity that does not have powers of criminal prosecution is actually able to do.

  20. Olivia Peterson

    I’m sorry, but rape is a serious crime like murder and assault. A non-professional, University/College institutional system, while fine for plagiarism, cheating, arguments between roommates, etc. is absolutely NOT qualified to handle serious crimes.

    Universities and Colleges can certainly segregate the accused from the accuser pending trial and conviction, move their housing, or even suspend their campus housing if necessary.

  21. Andrea Mitchell

    I would say that until you are on the other side of higher education you can’t assume that it is going to be this “safe haven” for our survivors that we describe. Sure, maybe some women have had good experiences going through the university conduct process- but I have seen first hand that a college campus can be as political as D.C. Not only are a majority of our higher ed professionals not properly trained to handle sexual assault and rape cases, but a number of institutions are using students to hear cases- STUDENTS. I have seen one too many women who were raped by a member of the football team, or by a man in the fraternity with the wealthiest alumni- and because of that nothing was done. So before you assume that the University is protecting our women, think again- because if anything they aren’t.

  22. Sydney Nowak

    Why should this be treated any differently than assault, robbery, murder? It shouldn’t. I honestly think that by us treating it differently is saying that it isn’t as heinous as a crime, and if anything it is the worst.

  23. Shannon Bradley

    Ladies, we will never be able to improve the experience of our survivors reporting rape and sexual assault to the police if we don’t try. And furthermore as a survivor I know the feelings that you experience when you consider reporting. Fear, disgust, embarrassment, anxiety of having to tell your story over and over again. But I can promise you this, nothing is as bad as what you just went through. Yes, we have seen rape and sexual assault cases not go the way that they should have in the criminal justice system- but by taking that step you could potentially save another woman from going through what you went through. And in that moment, you may not realize it because you have other things to deal with and rightfully so- which is why people need to step in and say this needs to go to the police.

  24. Charlene Campbell

    So interesting and full of meaning. I think the best way to deal with this tout to severely punish rapists and those who prey on drunk people. Kick them out of school and of course going to jail. Everyone can deescalate the situation. Everyone can do something that gives the potential victim time to get away if they need to.

  25. Anna Kaplan

    The ONLY way for colleges to take rape and sexual assault seriously is to treat accusations seriously by placing a CALL to THE POLICE – each and every time. Anything less is denigrating to the women involved. It sends the message that what happened wasn’t important enough to involve the “Real” authorities.

  26. Betty O'Leary

    Such incidents are just examples which show that campuses take care of their brand name and nothing else. What is the meaning of being big if campuses don’t bother about the human life and their concerns?

  27. Julia MacLean

    Misogyny is seeped deep into our system. What was happening in nights, is happening in daytime and in corporate locations (which are supposed to be safe). What is the cure for such a dangerous disease?

  28. Highest level of negligence by lots of campuses… A private management is incapable of keeping it’s students safe… Their management is the rule inside their premises. The same people expects the government to be more vigilant on these sort of issues everywhere.

  29. Celine Carter

    Unless zero tolerance in rape cases is built in to our judicial system, there is no way to deter the would-be culprits. When this could happen inside campuses who would claim they have stringent security measures and a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment… it can happen anywhere, even within a police station perhaps!!

  30. Franny Pimms

    Judging by my experiences back in college, some of those clean-cut, ostensibly religious men are exactly that kind of predator. Or they’re the fraternity guys throwing the party in order to get access to lots of drunk girls in the first place.

  31. I agree with you. Extensive research into sexual violence has determined that there is no such thing as an “oops” rapist. Rapists rape on purpose. They do not care about or even desire consent. They will brag about committing rape to a friendly audience. No one knows better than a rapist what consent is and is not. Accountability is more effective than education for preventing rape.

  32. What I never nunderstood about these people is that raping a drunk girl is like eating a thrown away food off the floor. It is done by hungry people without use of their brain or sense of pride. There is no sense of achievement in this feat, it is not a prize well earned, or a gift given. It has no value.

    Why their friends dont immediately turn their backs on him after doing it is another thing I fail to understand about people. Those sexless idiots who live vicariously through bullies who thrive on their encouragement, they are the majority weight against efforts to have humans not become the basest of creatures on this earth.

    • Lana Urie

      I agree with most of this, but I wouldn’t refer to a human being as a “thrown away food”. Women are people, not food. But then, Rape Culture turns all women into Soylent Green.

  33. Marina Henderson

    It’s a lot less complicated than people think it is. For colleges what happens is that if the college is made aware of something that is defined as sexual assault but the person doesn’t want to move forward they will have a “Jane/John Doe” case. If the person doesn’t let anyone know or there is no known perp than no action can be taken.

  34. This is what I dont understand, Im not advocating violence, but a punch makes for a very obvious difference between consent and rape.

    Men never ask permission. They move ever closer in avoidance of a direct rejection. It is not right but a man will always give permission, it is default, so a simple mind will assume permission is a given in others.
    A woman needs to call it early if a no will be coming up. And a man needs to not lie about his intentions, and also wise up to being dominated by his hormones and learn some pride to gain real respect, still, some of us will never evolve beyond hairless apes, others have become monsters.
    In these extremes, dragging on ambiguous situations with debate regarding politeness and feelings is not a good survival trait at this time.

    If people are honest to each other then there would be no debatable situations in the first place.
    We must focus more on the screwed up society that teaches women not to kick rapists in the nuts and hold their own in a fight for survival.

  35. Colleen Frasier

    Yeah not teaching sex ed is fueling campus rape culture to a frightening degree. With all the peer reveiwed studies coming out showing that students that haven’t had sex ed classes are likely to end up rapist I can’t believe some yahoos still don’t think sex ed should be mandatory starting in pre school. I hear in countries like Japan and Korea where sex ed isn’t big that rape on college campuses is an everyday occurrence basically.

    • I reay hope that doesn’t mean you are disagreeing. It has been reliably demonstrated that parents and communities can’t properly instill in young people the difference between consent and rape. I thought your post illustrated this but I hope this doesn’t mean maybe you don’t appreciate the scope of the problem??

  36. Esther Earl Harris

    Clearly, they need to expand their rape programs. Rape is the most frequently committed violent crime here in the United States. It even has the lowest conviction rate. I think the biggest way to stop campus rape is thru education and trust between the students and the administration. Everyone needs to join for unity and power in eliminating rape through education and prevention.

  37. Danielle Wilson

    At my campus we get a lot of incoming students who are coming from schools who have abstinence only models (which means they’ve never had sex ed) and are coming in with warped understandings of consent. This needs to be a K-16 effort.

    • Warped understandings of consent. Well said. Adding very cheap, flat kegged beer to the equation really goos it up.

      • Melissa Smith

        Totally agree! Can’t help but ask, what’s going on?!! What revisions are they doing in our curriculum?!!!

      • Danielle Wilson

        Exactly!!! Sex should be fun, enjoyable, and enthusiastic. If your partner isn’t into it, then check in and even stop. It’s not difficult.

  38. “Are Colleges Encouraging Campus Rape?” NO, I don’t think so!
    Then what’s wrong?! Victims are worried or afraid about speaking up, they fear of getting into trouble. I know it’s normal to be scared. But students have limited information on their resources. I honestly appreciate you sharing good starting points / organizations that can help victims of violence!

  39. I find this issue alarming. If gender violence is not recognized, inequality will continue to exist. Violence or harassment should end immediately for students to have equality in opportunity or education.

  40. Francis Woods

    I know right!!! For the sake of prestige and keeping that good name, some universities or colleges just choose to keep quiet!!! Educational institutions should train, organize and support student activities that would address violence and discrimination!!!

    • Sarah Evanston

      I agree! Some educational institutions value their credibility MORE than helping their students speak up and get justice if they experience gender-based harm or violence. Students at all levels should be protected. I guess there’s a need to revise curriculum…

  41. This article is an eye opener. It is really important that we educate college and high students of their legal rights to safe education, free from violence, harassment or other gender-based harms.

  42. Courtney Watson

    Students should know and be informed that violence or harassment in any form needs to be reported immediately and in complete details. I cannot just blame the campus for not taking action, sometimes important information are missing and the campus can’t just act appropriately.

  43. This is a serious issue! As a mother, I became worried. Thanks for sharing the resources which can help victims! I’m checking “Know Your IX” and I’ll see if there’s anything I can do to help or show support to the organization!

    • Gabby Williams

      I feel you! Sometimes it’s hard to let go of our children, it’s impossible for us not to worry about their safety. I was checking out “Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network” and I’m glad they have counseling centers that can assist and cater to the concerns of victims (or even non-victims).

  44. Susanna Milton

    Great piece, Cristiana. Thank you for writing this amazing article on ignorance for rape! I believe the campus is only ignoring it to keep it’s “good name”. The money must be overweighing the importance of human rights.

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