I am always a little surprised when I read new stories about sexual assault issues on college campuses (and in the military), because it seems that major progress should have been made on this and that the deterrents should be strong enough to scare the bejeezus out of would be assaulters.
Reading this story today: “Bill Would Require Campuses to Report Rape to Police”
“A bill introduced in the California Assembly on Monday would require all colleges in the state to notify the police or sheriff’s department any report of a violent crime, including forcible rape, willful homicide, robbery or aggravated assault, unless the student who filed the report requests otherwise. Newsweek reported that Assemblyman Mike Gatto was inspired to draft the bill because of Occidental College’s failure to report two dozen sexual assault allegations to the federal government, as required by the Clery Act, in 2010 and 2011. Gatto suggested the university was trying to avoid bad PR. While some students report their assaults to both campus and local police, many forgo the former to avoid a grueling investigation process.”
(Read the whole thing here: http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/01/07/bill-would-require-campuses-report-rape-police)
You mean schools are continuing to sweep this under the rug? You mean that students are still not reporting it for fear of retaliation and their reputation? You mean the victim is still getting blamed?
Lawmakers and school administrators, do not pat yourselves on the back for this so called progress because you are way behind on this issue. The culture of many college campuses is still ripe for rape, and it is on your watch. Personally, I will train my daughter to be a lethal weapon so that anyone who attempts to assault her would pay a steep price, however, that does not help all our students and it is not a solution to the larger problem.
It is 2014, get your s**t together! It is about the student not you!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III