According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
- 91% of rape victims are female and 9% are male
- 8 out of 10 times the victim knew their assaulter
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted during college
- Rape is one of the most underreported crimes (63% are NOT reported) and less than 5% on college campuses are reported
According to RAINN:
- Women in college (aged 18-24) are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than an everyday women
- Women not in college but college aged (18-24) are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than an everyday women
- Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of all females and 5.4% of males experienced rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation
- Sexual violence is one of the most prevalent crimes at college campuses
Evidently, sexual assault is a major issue nationally and on college campuses that holds the power to destroy a person’s life. Sexual assault is a pretty well known issue, yet it is still one of the most common ones. One of five women experiences sexual assault at some point in their lives and not even half of those women report it. In college campuses if someone was sexually assaulted, he/she may not report it due to embarrassment or consequences from the assaulters and even their own peers, they may think that people don’t believe them and that they are making it up to get attention, they may make excuses and be in denial (if they were intoxicated and wake up with a boy they may blame themselves more and not see it as being taken advantaged of) and many other reasons.
It is absolutely crucial that people continue to raise awareness for this issue because it is so prevalent. We should also work towards creating a culture that is more open to discussing and recognizing these crimes so that people feel comfortable getting help and addressing the issue. As a community, Universities should work harder to address this problem and instill in people the severity of it. It is important to educate students on what constitutes sexual assault and how they can get help if it happens to them or if they find themselves in a situation where it could happen. Unifying as a community against this issue is necessary to help limit this crime. The University of Delaware has several confidential support groups for victims of sexual assault as well as a kNOw MORE campaign. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of sexual assault and to create an environment where sexual misconduct is completely unacceptable. As our group is made of five women, statistically one of us will be sexually assaulted at some point in time so it is incredibly important that we find ways to educate everyone in order to decrease the likelihood of it happening.