(excerpt from Her Campus)

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“I had to lie there while he abused me, while he took away my dignity, while he took away my feeling of safety and took away part of my happiness.” – Christina*, a student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa

“He wasn’t the nice guy I knew anymore. He made it clear that we weren’t going back to camp until this happened.” – Rachel*, a senior at Penn State University

 Christina and Rachel never thought it would happen to them. They were both around trusted friends in typical college settings. But today, they are both sexual assault victims—and survivors.

What’s more, they’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every five women experiences attempted or completed sexual assault in college. As students continue to face and cope with this growing problem, colleges and universities are just beginning to react. Keep reading to find out what they’re saying, what they’re doing and what they’re not doing… yet.

Read the full story here, and visit www.hercampus.com/author/alex-gladu to view more of my work.

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2 thoughts on “Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Are Colleges & Universities Doing Enough?

  1. They’re doing about as much as they can. Where I attend school, a suspected rape will be reported to police regardless of whether the victim wants this, and the offender will be expelled and never allowed to earn a degree here. However their anger as victims is justified, the RAINN is unreasonable in demanding life imprisonment as retribution for all cases regardless of severity–states are choking on prisons and criminal policy cannot be driven by angry pressure in the way it was during the 80s and 90s.

    1. It sounds like your school is on the right track in terms of policy. It’s a tough issue to tackle, and I’m glad to see schools getting involved in the conversation. Thank you for your input!

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