In spite of complaints by female and male students about the prevalence of sexual attacks by fellow students on college campuses, the administrations continue to pretend it is not a problem.
Among the women who have had the courage to file complaints about how sexual assault—rape—is being handled are at Swarthmore, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dartmouth, Yale and UC Berkeley. Actually only 5 percent of college women who have been raped report it to the police
The statistics in a survey at pennstate.edu that are often ignored include:
One in four college women are victims of rape or attempted rape.
One in seven college men are victims of sexual assault.
85% of rapes on campus are acquaintance rapes.
The majority of victims and offenders are college age.
It took the efforts of a Amherst College student with courage to write an article about how a fellow dorm mate had raped her to get the attention of administrators. The student recounted how Amherst dissuaded her from getting help, denied her a room change, involuntarily to a psych ward and wouldn’t let her study abroad.
What happened to the rapist? He graduated from Amherst with honors.
According to an interview in Here&Now the latest president of Amherst College has made an effort to change policies procedures and level of focus on sexual misconduct, assault and rape.
John Lauerman, writing in Bloomberg reports:
Across the country, colleges are under fire for using antiquated and amateurish procedures to prevent and investigate rapes and other sexual assaults on campus. Chronically slow, botched and biased responses -- in some cases relying on students as investigators -- have prompted anger from rape victims and scrutiny from the U.S. Education Department.
Does anyone care about the frequency of rape on college campuses? Or has it become an acceptable activity during the 21st century in America?