Sex Education | Sexual Harassment & Its Disturbing Rise In College Campuses

Sex Education | Sexual Harassment & Its Disturbing Rise In College Campuses

While most parents would worry about their teenage kids getting drunk or using drugs in college campus dorms, an increasing number are far more worried about one aspect – sexual harassment and rape in college. In a study done by various non-government and public organizations, the general finding was that one in five women in college are sexually assaulted or harassed. Here’s a look at the disturbing rise of sexual harassment in our college campuses.

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The rise in sexual harassment cases, according to sex education experts, has spurred the US government to create a task force to assess this disturbing issue. The US Justice Department launched the Campus Sexual Assault Study in 2007, a web-based survey that involved female (and male) undergraduates in two major US public universities.

The Justice Department survey of two major US public universities covered 5,446 undergraduate women, who were aged 18-25 years old. The study noted that 19 percent of respondents, or 1,073 women, experienced attempted or direct sexual assault since they entered college.

The sexual assault or harassment categories were divided into several segments. Some undergraduate women were assaulted while they were drunk from alcohol or high on drugs, while others were assaulted by physical force. The women who were assaulted identified the offenses in different ways too, with some calling them “rape” while others reported sexual touching (fondling, forced kissing) and battery.

Only 5 Percent Of College Campus Sexual Assaults Are Reported

Despite the reported rise in the number of sexual harassment and assault cases in college campuses, what’s dismaying is that only 5 percent of cases are ever reported, thus making sexual harassment on of the most under-reported crimes in the country. Almost half of the undergraduate women who are assaulted or raped told no one about their experience, and many of the victims are also assaulted by someone they knew!

Sexual Assault Is On The Rise In British Colleges Too

The rise in sexual assault cases is not just being felt in North America, but across the Atlantic too. In a recent report made by the UK Ministry of Justice, Home Office and the Office for National Statistics, women in full-time education (or college) students face higher risks of sexual violence as compared to the general populace.

The sexual violence on British campuses is most felt by the newcomers, who are called “freshers” or freshmen, and much of the violence takes place in social events which are held in clubs or bars where the newbies are invited. Many of these freshmen women are often far from home, and don’t know the campus or the city where they live in.

The sprinkling of bars and pubs around universities and colleges is also making things much worse for college women. And with “socializing” becoming a big business today, liquor companies are sponsoring more student events and parties, which often serve as a magnet for raucous, male-dominated drinkers who view undergraduate women as weak and ripe for harassment, or perhaps even rape.

What worries the police and sex education experts more is that 40 percent of sexual harassment and rape victims in college develop STD’s or sexually transmitted diseases. These victims are also more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression too. What’s worse is that these rape victims are ten times more likely to attempt suicide, as compared to those who’ve never been victims of such crimes.

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