Rape Culture In College Campuses
by Alma Tovar
What is Rape Culture?
So What Is the Big Deal?
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
More On Campus Law Enforcement
A college campus allows plenty of opportunities for danger. By increasing law enforcement, there would be more laws put in place to protect students in times of disaster. Some colleges may have law enforcement patrolling the area, but it might not be enough. Increasing law enforcement would allow students to feel much safer and discourage perpetrators from acting on their crimes.
Train Incoming Freshman
To prepare freshmen, prevention programs would inform them on how to protect themselves and what steps they should take in times of dangers. These programs would be helpful to students especially during parties or simply walking alone at night on campus. If informed, students will already be prepared to face and even escape in the face of danger.
On Campus Victim Services
On campus victim services would ensure something is done about an instance of rape and sexual assault instead of ignored. These services would provide help, emotional and physical, to victims of rape or sexual assault.