Set the Scene: Getting into the mindset of how easily and often rapes occur
It is early September, and the freedom that college fosters in the incoming freshmen and returning students is palpable. Instead of strict midnight curfews, girls and boys alike stay out until the sky is a dark blanket over campus. Stumbling bodies race through campus to find anything to do, often ending up at a party, typically surrounded by alcohol.
According to Rainn (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in America, "More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November." The first semester at college ignites feelings of freedom and independence, which puts incoming first year students at a much higher risk for becoming a victim of sexual assault.
It's a fact: college women, aged 18-24, are three times more likely to experience sexual assault. Additionally, over 23% of women aged 18-24 are victims of sexual assault.
Sexual assault has developed into a national epidemic that has received an abundance of public attention. Vice President Joe Biden developed a campaign called It's On Us. It's On Us strives to create an environment where, "be it a dorm, a fraternity or sorority, a club or a bar, a locker room or an entire college campus—sexual assault is unacceptable."
Public figures often create a platform for difficult topics to be discussed on a mass scale. Joe Biden, alongside his campaign, utilized social media, public speeches, and informational videos to educate and advocate for this cause.