Rape Culture In College Campuses

by Alma Tovar

What is Rape Culture?

Rape culture is the act of blaming and normalizing sexual violence. There are advertisements, songs, television shows, and jokes that make sexual assault seem normal.

So What Is the Big Deal?

Rape and consent are not taught enough to individuals. Even the simple rule of "no means no" is violated in our society. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced a attempted rape or completed rape in their life time. The rate of rape and sexual assault on college campuses remains the same. About 90% of the rape victims on college campuses know their assailants. Often times, college students living on campus who have been raped or sexually assaulted report these incidents to their college, but colleges with ignore and deny the problem. Some colleges refuse to report these incidents to prevent ruining their reputation. That being said, rapists and sex offenders are often allowed to stay enrolled into there college.

Here are some statistics for you.

The statistics below are taken directly from http://www.nsvrc.org/.

  • It is estimated that the percentage of completed or attempted rape victimization among women in higher educational institutions may be between 20% and 25% over the course of a college career.

  • Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender.

  • Almost 12.8% of completed rapes, 35% of attempted rapes, and 22.9% of threatened rapes happened during a date.

  • It is estimated that for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year.

  • Less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women were reported to law enforcement. However, in 2/3rds of the incidents the victim did tell another person, usually a friend, not family or school officials.

Here Are Some Solutions

Below are just a few examples of how the issue of sexual assault and rape can be solved on campus. Colleges tend to hide these incidents by saying "rape doesn't happen here". The only way the rate of rape and sexual assault on college campus will diminish is if there are things done about it.