Today the White House made new recommendations for universities to more effectively combat sexual assault on campus. Just this fiscal year there have been 30 Title IX complains filed by dozens of students who felt their sexual assaults were grossly mishandled. We’ve covered more than a few of these cases.One in five women will be raped or be the victim of an attempted rape during college according to a 2007 study commissioned by the National Institute of Justice.
The new suggestions will make college campuses places that can better provide support systems to sexual assault victims and hopefully create safer environments by training students and administrators alike in how to combat sexual assault altogether. Here’s how colleges will try to do better.
1. ) Colleges will have to offer sexual assault victims confidential counseling. The university will not be obligated to discipline or take action against the perpetrator unless the victim wants to pursue such action.
2. ) Counselors will be trained to offer assistance to victims if the victims do want to pursue action against their perps.
3. ) Universities will be required to complete surveys that review the school’s climate with regards to sexual assaults. Are they prevalent? What are students attitudes toward sexual violence? etc.
4.) Schools will receive training to prepare students for bystander intervention. This is great because if students see something going down they’ll now know what to do instead of ignoring it or feeling too scared to get involved.
5. ) The White House has launched an entire website, www.NotAlone.gov that provides, “Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.”
This is a great start in addressing rape culture on campus. We’ve got to save our sisters. You are not alone!