Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The “Red Zone” on College Campuses

The “Red Zone” on college campuses is the first six weeks of the semester in which sexual assault rates are the highest. Freshman are settling into college life and, in most cases, consuming a lot of alcohol. As a result, a spike in instances of sexual assault occurs. This can be a frightening time for college students, particularly females. Luckily, there are ways to educate yourself about sexual assault on college campuses. First, get to know the facts. Second, learn how to protect yourself. Finally, learn what resources are at your disposal if you or a friend has become a victim of sexual assault.  

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The Facts

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five females and one in sixteen males will become a victim of sexual assault while attending college. Furthermore, up to ninety percent of sexual assaults committed on college campuses will not be reported. The most disturbing fact of them all, though, is this: up to sixty-three percent of male college students who self-reported for having committed acts of “rape” or sexual assault admit that they committed the acts multiple times. So, not only do they know what they did was wrong, they also admit to doing it multiple times before turning themselves in.

What You Can Do

There is no sure fire way to prevent sexual assault, but a there are a few things that may help keep you safe. For example, going out in a group of friends that you trust (rather than going out alone) may help reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Also, getting a new drink after you have put yours down, rather than picking it back up, may prevent your chances of being “roofied” or drugged by an assailant. Finally, you can (and should) report it when you or a friend have been sexually assaulted. Although it may seem frightening, you have every right to report your sexual assault to campus and local authorities. Essentially, reporting your sexual assault may help prevent others from being assaulted by your attacker. Also, reporting your sexual assault will help your college understand the full scope of sexual assault on campus. Therefore, they will better understand how to prevent it. Let’s make college campuses a safer place for all students. If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, contact our legal team at Taylor & Hinkle. Taylor & Hinkle can provide effective, legal counsel to victims and their loved ones, all while ensuring you that justice will be served.