What exactly is sexual violence? A distinguished organization that works to end sexual violence called the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, or RAINN, defines sexual violence as a broad category that refers to sexual crimes such as “sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse” (rainn.org). Any sexual touching of another person who does not consent, or who cannot legally or physically consent, qualifies as sexual violence. RAINN also provides a statistic stating that “1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime” (rainn.org). However, anyone can be a victim of sexual violence regardless of age, gender, race, etc. Another statistic, released by RAINN as well, claims that “Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation” (rainn.org). With that said, sexual violence is obviously a problem on college campuses.
The US Department of Justice awarded a grant to Christopher P. Krebs and his colleagues at Research Triangle Institute so they could conduct a study analyzing the prevalence of sexual violence on a college campus. Krebs indicated that there are two subcategories under the larger “sex...
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...sue at Wake Tech, and the school needs to be proactive in fighting against it.
Sexual violence is obviously a horrific crime; it can have long-lasting, negative effects on victims, and it can make people feel unsafe in their communities. Shouldn’t someone with as much influence as Wake Technical Community College fight against this, and encourage all of the students and faculty to do the same? Wake Tech may not have these crimes taking place on campus, but it is happening in the community around it. If the statistics are accurate, a large portion of Wake Tech’s students and faculty have been victims of sexual assault. Whether it be requiring students to attend one seminar, having an entire week to educate students and faculty, or even just making the online course mandatory, it is crucial that Wake Tech do something to bring awareness to this terrible issue.
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