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College Campus Assaults

Updated on November 16, 2013

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CrisisCommunicationInc reported the following statistics:

"1 in 4 women in college today has been the victim of rape, and nearly 90% of them
knew their rapist."

  • 60% of male college students “indicated some likelihood of raping or using force in certain circumstances.”

  • Men in fraternities appear to engage in more non-physical coercion and use of drugs and alcohol as a sexual strategy than do independents.

  • Every 21 hours there is another rape on an American college campus.

  • 90% of all campus rapes occur under the influence of alcohol.

  • Men are more likely than women to assume that a woman who drinks alcohol on a date is a willing sex partner. 40% of men who think this way also believe it is acceptable to force sex on an intoxicated woman.

  • Alcohol use at the time of the attack was found to be one of the four strongest predictors of a college woman being raped.

  • 43% of college men admit using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest; using physical aggression; and forcing intercourse; 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraint to force a woman to have sex.

  • College rape victims receive external physical injuries in over 47% of all rapes.

  • Of the college woman who are raped, only 25% describe it as rape.

  • Of the college women who are raped, only 10% report the rape.

  • College women are most vulnerable to rape during the first few weeks of the freshman and sophomore years.

  • One in twelve college-age men admit having fulfilled the prevailing definition of rape or attempted rape, yet virtually none of these men identify themselves as rapists.

  • 34% of completed rapes and 45% of attempted rapes take place on campus. Almost 60% of the completed campus rapes that take place on campus occur in the victim's residence, 31% occur in another residence, and 10% occur in a fraternity.

  • 3/4 of off-campus rapes and 7/8 of on-campus rapes involved perpetrators who were known to the victims.

  • 78% of the men identified (as rapists) were an acquaintance, friend or boyfriend of the victims.

The US Department of Justice – Violence Against Women Action Center division provides resources for those who are a victims of rape.

If you are a victim or know a friend that is a victim of sexual assault please seek assistance:

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

The US Department of Justice provides the following definitions:

Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Falling under the definition of sexual assault is sexual activity such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It includes sexual acts against people who are unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity.

Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

the length of the relationship
the type of relationship
the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship

College for a young lady is a time of discovery. It's the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures, ideas, and races while pursuing a common goal education. This should be the best time in a young women's life. A time to develop memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

As a young lady: many a lecture was received regarding how to “protect myself.” These tools are embedded in my mind and still practiced today.

1.Never leave your drink and come back to it.

2.Never trust a guy to bring you a drink. You have no idea what he is “offering” you.

3.Pay attention to your environment: if there are more guys then girls, LEAVE

4.Don't travel/walk down paths that are isolated and not well traveled or lit.

5.There's safety in numbers.

6.Don't put yourself in a situation by depending on the kindness of others.

7.When you leave an establishment be aware of who's leaving at the same time or those walking by.

8.When you go to the car have your keys out and available. Don't forget to look around you before you enter your vehicle and always check the backseat of your vehicle before you get in.

9.Never enter your vehicle when it's parked next to a van with a sliding door. Enter your vehicle from the passenger's side.

10.Carry mace, a pocket knife if it's legal, or some object that doubles as a weapon (legal) on your date.

11.Never get into another persons vehicle on a date because you have lost control. They can take you anywhere or leave you stranded and in danger. Meet your dates unless you really know them well.

You can tell your daughter all these things, releasing them to college with no idea what will happen to your beautiful daughter. The alarming statistic of most college students knowing/dating their attacker is just scary. The possibility that your daughter knows or has dated her attacker is disheartening. There is no easy answer to healing oneself.

My biggest questions: How could a parent raise a son that violates women?

Are these young men taught that they should take what they want and everyone else is collateral damage?

Are these young men taught that women don't matter so therefore our bodies are theirs for the taking?

Who raises a young man who sits around women, getting to know them on dates, all while plotting and planning to hurt and harm?

Do parents tell their sons it's okay to try and get a young lady wasted until she has no ability to defend herself, or passes out, and then violate her?

For those of you who have experienced rape, please get help and remain silent no more. Psychologically there are many issues that are present when such an atrocity has occurred that needs to be addressed. Suppressing the issue, remaining silent, and attempting to “forget” is not healthy.

For those who have experienced assault it would be great for your to speak-up, encourage others to do so, and inspire others not to let this crime defeat them and to seek justice.


Effects of Assault

Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Stockholm Syndrome
Self-Harm / Self-Injury
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sleep Disorders
Eating Disorders


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