(excerpt from Her Campus)
“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.