Team Change – Sexual Assault

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Team Change – Sexual Assault

  1. The facts you gave were very surprising; and to be honest I was interested in this topic after your very first statistic. The astonishing number of women compared to men who are victims of rape is crazy. The fact that one in five women will be raped in their lives, seems like such an unfathomable number. I feel like this is a very strong argument and can easily relate to students on college campuses. Females in particular should make a strong stand for this cause and advocate for positive change as they are more often than not the victim of it. Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses and always seems to make the headlines. Therefore, if we want to change this ongoing problem, we need to start advocating for change. I feel as though this idea and your final project can be very compelling and make a strong push in the right direction.

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  2. As an advocate for the same movement, I agree with every point you make and wish that more people understood the severity of the situation. The statistics do not lie- this is a serious issue that harms people every single day. Education is a major step in awareness and it should be an important part of curriculums in general. There is no reason that anyone should live in fear that no one is gonna believe that they are assaulted. The only thing i would say is that girls are not the only victims in this situation. I think this is a really important topic to talk about and you explain it really well.

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  3. This is probably one of the most relevant topics to consider for your movement especially relating to us as college students. I like how you come out right away and use statistics to show people the magnitude of this issue. it is a lot worse than most people think including myself until I became more educated on the topic. This issue can ruin someones entire life, which is why a solution needs to be found now. People need to become more aware and educated on the topic and work with each other to help put an end to this terrible issue. You make a good pitch and I can see this as your groups movement.

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  4. I think this is a very important issue in today’s society. College campuses specifically are prime locations for sexual assault, and I know this is always a major concern for people who are exploring their options for higher education. Safety should definitely be a top priority of colleges and universities nationwide. I think one of the most important parts of this movement would be the under reported amount of cases. Moreover, I feel like this part of the movement is specifically important to incidents where a male is sexually assaulted. I understand that most men have a feeling of embarrassment, but I believe it’s important to convince male victims that a crime is still a crime. I think this is a critical topic to explore and colleges nationwide should all have dependable programs implemented.

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