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)”.
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.
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.