-We know that 1 out of every 10 female undergrad students reports being sexually assaulted or rape and that number jumps to 1 out of every 4 when you look at graduate students. What we don’t know, is how many go unreported, and why this happens in the first place.
-As you read this, laws have been passed that bypass the public, accurate record keeping of reported and responded to assaults on college campuses.
-This is a real issue that affects each and every person on the planet, because every woman is a daughter, potential mother, sister, friends, and self-worthy human.
Lastly, our efforts need to focus in on offering avenues and encouragement for reporting crimes. In our own student body we have people who don’t think women should be trusted when describing rape or assault. Yes, there have been cases of women reporting crimes that were never committed, and that is atrocious and punishable as its own crime, but we do not stop encouraging victims to come forward because of it. The man that assaults once, will assault again. It is an evolving habit. After all, the infamous rapists and murderers of the world are often stopped by victims who managed to get away and find their voice- even before knowing the long chain of victims before them.