The Bluvments (Sexual Assault)

In today’s world, the term sexual assault is some sort of taboo. It is a hard topic to talk about. It is emotional, violent, and most people do not understand how serious it is. College campuses should be a safe place in which all students do have to live in constant fear of being taken advantage of. The biggest problem with the sexual assault movement today is that there is a negative stigma to admitting to being assaulting. No matter your gender, age, or sexuality, there is always the fear that no one will believe you; or better yet blame you instead. Campuses are easy targets- between the alcohol, immaturity, proximity, and age, there is a underlying sense of false understanding that since you are in college it’s okay to “make mistakes”. This is a huge issue because authorities seem to brush off the severity of sexual assault, something that harms students mentally and physically for the rest of their lives. It should be easier to persecute an assaulter and prove them guilty. This movement needs to be talked about more, as emotional as it is, it should not be looked over just because it involves sexual references. According to RAINN, “11.2% Of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students)”.

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People get expelled for a multitude of things at school. We mostly hear about academic dishonesty or alcohol related demeanors. Have you heard of a lot of students getting expelled for sexual assault? No.

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Because of this movement spreading across the country the last couple of years, there has been a lot more awareness and education, aiding the victims and making it easier for people to believe them. The more that people stand behind the victims, the harder it will be for them to keep it to themselves because of fear. I think this movement is important for the safety of all college campuses and NEEDS to be talked about. Hopefully one day, people will not have to walk in fear at night on their own campus and that high percentage of 11.2% will decrease drastically.

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4 thoughts on “The Bluvments (Sexual Assault)

  1. I completely agree with everything you said! I loved your point that we rarely see people getting in trouble for these crimes, even though these type of things can damage a person for their whole lives. We always hear about athletes, or people’s rich parents, or people who hold authority getting off or less severe time for what they did (Brock Turner). There is a negative stigma attached to sexual assault that must be changed and our society needs to be more educated on this issue, especially college students, because it is such a prevalent offense. College campuses are one of the most likely places for sexual assault to happen, so if no one talks about it and gets people to understand the severity of it, it will just continue to happen.

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  2. This is a very important movement that needs to find a solution. This could be a very good direction for our team to go. The fact that you point out about people not getting in trouble for these crimes is true and just a very serious issue that people need to become more aware of. This is something that can ruin a persons entire life and the fact that the people causing this are not always receiving a punishment that is deserved is definitely something that we as a group could try and put a stop to by coming up with a solution. Like you said, college should be a place where one doesn’t even have to worry about something like this happening. I would like to explore this movement more and find ways to prevent this from happening. You make a lot of good points in your post.

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  3. Sexual assault is a very relevant movement right now; however, the number of rapes and attacks do not seem to be decreasing. On the contrary, campus rape reports are up, according to NPR news. From one perspective, this can be seen positively; more victims are calling out their assaulters and getting justice for the horrible crimes done to them. From another perspective, the sexual assault movement is not attacking the root of the problem. Students are still being harassed and assaulted. How will you make your movement stand out? How will you alter the movement so that it effectively reduces the number of assaults on campus?

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  4. I think all of the points you made are very important. What really grabbed my attention was when you talked about people being expelled for “academic dishonesty and alcohol related demeanors,” but we very rarely hear about people being expelled for sexual assault. An idea to consider with this is the way adults on campus place great importance on academic dishonesty, but barely mention sexual assault. Every syllabus week, professors emphasize the possible punishments of being caught cheating; meanwhile, the Title IX portion of syllabi is often brushed over with a simple: “you’ve heard this before, but if I become aware of a situation, I have to report it.” No importance is placed on the fact that we should make sure an adult hears about it; instead, it kind of makes us not want to tell them. I have personally never heard a professor mention the severe consequences of being found guilty of sexually assaulting someone. Instead, all of the importance is placed on academic dishonesty. The fact that academic dishonesty is often regarded as a worse offense than sexual assault is also greatly impacts the stigma around reporting an assault. Advocating and supporting victims on college campuses is definitely a movement that should be focused on and is a very important part of safety on college campuses.

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