Until It Happens To You.

We know that apart of domestic violence is sexual assault as well, it can start as early as middle school and continue on through adulthood. I saw this video by Lady Gaga and thought to myself this is such a great video that shines a light on sexual assault in college. Because statistics show,

Know The Stats…..

  • Between 20% and 25% of women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career (1)
  • More than half of raped college women tell no one of their victimization (1)
  • 80% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 30 (1)
  • 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 18 (1)
  • Persons with a disability had an age-adjusted rate of rape or sexual assault that was more than twice the rate for persons without a disability (1)
  • Juveniles (youth ages 17 and under) account for almost 90% of male victims in every type of sex crime (1)
  • 99% of people who rape are men (1)
  • In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated (1)
  • Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crimes. (1)
  • Victims were on a date with the perpetrator in 12.8% of completed rapes and 35% of attempted rapes (2)

Related:The Dating Abuse Statistics Everyone Should Know

  • 43% of the sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by victims and 69% involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrators (2)
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner (3)
  • College freshmen and sophomore women appear to be at greater risk of being victims of sexual assault than are upperclassmen. 84% of the women who reported sexually coercive experiences experienced the incident during their first four semesters on campus. (4)
  • Students living in sorority houses and on-campus dormitories are 3 times and 1.4 times (respectively) more likely to be raped than students living off-campus (5)
  • 38% of college-aged women who have been sexually victimized while in college had first been victims prior to entering college, making past victimization the best predictor of future victimization (6)
  • At least 50% of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use (7)
  • Fraternity men have been identified as being more likely to perpetrate sexual assault or sexual aggression than nonfraternity men (8)
  • College men who participated in aggressive sports (including football, basketball, wrestling and soccer) in high school used more sexual coercion (along with physical and psychological aggression) in their college dating relationships than men who had not. This group also scored higher on attitudinal measures thought to be associated with sexual coercion, such as sexism, acceptance of violence, hostility toward women and rape myth acceptance. (9)
  • 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol (10)
  • 30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident (11)

(1) U.S. Department of Justice
(2) National College Women Sexual Victimization
(3) Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Abuse, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy and Suicidality
(4) An Examination of Sexual Violence Against College Women
(5) Correlates of Rape While Intoxicated in a National Sample of College Women
(6) Our Vulnerable Teenagers: Their Victimization, Its Consequences, and Direction for Prevention and Intervention
(7) High-Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need to Learn
(8) Coercive Sexual Strategies
(9) Dating Aggression, Sexual Coercion, and Aggression-Supporting Attitudes Among College Men as a Function of Participation in Aggressive High School Sports
(10) National Collegiate Date and Acquaintance Rape Statistics

What is affirmative consent, and how is USC combatting sexual violence?

Since the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s to the debate over reproductive rights and the global phenomenon of #MeToo, a number of social and political factors have brought increased attention to issues of sexual violence and assault. Unfortunately, the problem endures: Today, it is estimated that 1 in 6 American women and about 3 percent of American men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

“Though by no means a comprehensive answer to the problem of assault, creating clearer parameters to the definition of consent can help move the needle on the larger mission of eliminating sexual violence,” said Brenda Ingram, director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services at USC Student Health.

Ingram, who is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, shed light on what affirmative consent is, what is being done about it at USC and why it should be made a legal standard in all states.
— Read on news.usc.edu/159880/what-is-affirmative-consent-usc-prevent-sexual-violence/

Dartmouth cracks down on sexual misconduct after $14M settlement | Education | unionleader.com

HANOVER — A week after agreeing to pay nine women $14 million to settle a lawsuit alleging college officials did not do enough to stop the sexual harassment and assault of students by professors, Dartmouth College formally unveiled its new sexual misconduct policy.

The policy applies the same set of rules to students, faculty, and staff in a major change from the previous rules.
— Read on www.unionleader.com/content/tncms/live/

Could federal court ruling push how colleges handle sexual assault to U.S. Supreme Court?

DETROIT — A ruling this week by the federal 1st Circuit Court of Appeals could be the key to landing the issue of how universities handle sexual assaults before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/1968204001

Expelled student facing more rape charges remains jailed

By Anthony Izaguirre | APJune 25 at 6:56 PM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A man who was allowed to remain enrolled at Marshall University despite being accused of raping a student will stay jailed after being expelled amid new sexual assault charges.

A West Virginia circuit court judge on Tuesday ordered that Joseph Chase Hardin remain in custody following his arraignment on the more recent charges that he raped two additional women last year.

All three women Hardin is accused of assaulting watched from the courtroom gallery as he was led in wearing an orange jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled. A father of one of the women became visibly angry as the sight of Hardin, gritting his teeth and breathing heavily as his face reddened.

Judge Alfred E. Ferguson then read a graphic description of the assaults and asked Hardin if he understood the charges. He responded that he did.

His attorney, Kerry A. Nessel, told the judge that Hardin is innocent and asked for his release.

“He’s languishing in jail for something he did not do,” Nessel said. The judge immediately batted down the request.

FILE-This Friday, June 7, 2019 file booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. Hardin, who was allowed to remain enrolled at Marshall University despite being accused of raping a student, will remain jailed after being expelled amid two new sexual assault charges. A circuit court judge in West Virginia on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 ordered that Joseph Chase Hardin will stay in custody following his arraignment on the more recent charges. (West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority via AP) (Associated Press)

Hardin, 22, was indicted and jailed earlier this month on second-degree sexual assault charges for the alleged rapes in 2018. He had been previously ordered to stay behind bars for violating probation in the earlier case, in which he was accused of raping former Marshall student Alicia Gonzales in her dorm room in February 2016 but was convicted on a lesser charge of battery.

Gonzales, who drove in from Pennsylvania for the court hearing, said she locked eyes with Hardin as he entered the room.

“I just wanted to see him in ‘cuffs and in an orange jumpsuit,” she said. “That’s exactly what I wanted to see. I felt like that would bring me comfort.”

She has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses Marshall of botching Hardin’s disciplinary process and allowing him to stay on campus and taunt her, which led to her leaving the college months after the alleged rape. Read more @