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Sexual Assaults on Campuses: Unsettling Findings and Repercussions
A demonstration against Sexual Assault on an undisclosed campus.
Sexual assaults happen more often than we would like them to, sometimes they happen under the eyes and ears of people who are supposed to stop them but do not because of a lack of care that those people have towards the well-being and safety of those who they are commanded to watch over, and display kindness and concern for. Sexual assaults should not be downplayed in any way possible but some act as though they cannot be reversed or that they are inherently a part of society. There are an average of 320,000 victims of sexual assault in the United States on a yearly basis, with younger crowds being the ones who experience sexual assault the most. People ages 12-34 are most likely to experience sexual assault whereas those who are 65 years of age and older are much less likely to experience sexual assault. Women and younger females between the ages of 12-34 are most likely to experience sexual assault, by the year 2000, millions of females had experienced some form of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. Millions of men have experience sexual assault as well, sometimes at the hands of other men or at the hands of females. More than 72% of females who have experienced sexual assault feel immense distress, and some go to immense lengths to try and rid themselves of the distress through blaming themselves, harming themselves, and even ending their own lives. It is estimated that every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Due to sexual assaults or rapes, 4,300 of the 348,000 sexual assault or rape victims in 2002 may have been impregnated. Some rapes go untreated because victims feel that it is something that should not be shared and that it is something which others should not have to fix. Approximately 66% of sexual assault victims know who the person who sexually assaulted them is and this could be due to the fact that it happens at the hands of family members, family friends, or colleagues who have been of a harassing nature near the time of the incident. Sexual assaults on campuses are less common than sexual assaults in other areas but sexual assaults are still occurring on campus despite this fact. An approximate 11.2% of all students on campuses throughout the United States experience rape, attempted rape, or lewd acts of any sort. Male students ages 18-24 on campuses around the country are 78% more likely to experience sexual violence than male non-students, however, females aged 18-24 on campuses around the country are 20% less likely to experience sexual violence compared to non-student females. Measures are being found to lessen the likelihood of sexual assaults or lewd underserved acts. The campuses of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Delaware have reports that can be filed on the web that share information between students and staff about cases of sexual violence. Rape is the most underreported crime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. An astounding 63% of incidents involving rape or attempted rape do not get reported. Many have shown outcry because of this and have put together banners and formed student bodies to fulfill the attention that sexual assault and sexual misconduct has not been given, mainly as a result of acts of sexual violence occurring at Vanderbilt and Stanford universities, as well as in result of a banner being put up at Texas Tech which spelled out the words "No Means Yes!". There is an easily seen problem that more often than not, goes uncorrected. Students and non-students both face a similar likelihood of sexual invasion that can be rebuked before it takes place and have emphasis put on the its invalidity. Depending on the way in which the sexual assault happened, a sentence of one year to life in prison can be given to the accused. If a weapon was used or if a noticeable hurt to ones body is in factor, then the sentence would be much longer than inappropriate touching or an attempt at rape. Those who have been found in the act of sexual assault will a lot of times be mandatorily monitored, restricted to what they can attend as an offender, and be banned from going to the scene of where the rape or sexually inappropriate action occurred. Although most rapes do not occur on campuses, it is still pivotal to stop rapes on campuses before they do happen because of the influx of students on campuses, and the unaccountability for past rape victims on campuses and the refusal to act upon punishments which would decrease the probability that someone would even consider rape or something similarly abhorrent. Students who have been the victims of rape should have homage shown to them and more institutions should decry sexual assault at an earlier period in time. As hard as it seems to reel into attention, sex crimes and unprovoked sexual advances will always be brought upon others and despite the extent to which somebody is harmed during such an action, it should always be treated the same and everyone who has been or is in the midst of previous or ongoing sexualized harm should have the same care displayed towards them.