One in five women experience rape or sexual assault on college campuses, and over half don’t report it to anyone. Stand with organizations like One Student and support these victims — help them speak out and get help!
80% of all sexual assaults occur by an acquaintance of the victim. 41% of the time, the perpetrator is even the victim’s boyfriend. These statistics make it difficult for women to speak out to college administrations, or even tell their friends and family. The stigmas associated with rape and sexual assault holds victims back from receiving the care and counseling they need to heal. On some college campuses, reporting an assault is even discouraged for fear of tainting their reputation or image.
Important pieces of legislation like Title IX and the Clery Act attempt to address assault and harassment on college campuses. Title IX ensures all students have equal access to education, and works to combat gender-based violence. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose information on campus safety and sets guidelines for handling sexual violence. Young women need to know their legal rights and be supported by their educational institutions when reporting instances of sexual violence!
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