Cara DeCaro Sexual Violence Against Women on College Campuses in the U.S. Sexual violence against women is a distressing issue in society today. In the U.S. sexual violence against women and rape has become an all too common occurrence, especially on college campuses and universities. Across our nation, college institutions are dealing with this issue and are looking for ways to prevent it from happening. Using articles and scholarly resources I will map out important statistics, actual cases, research conducted on men and their role, and what universities are attempting to do to address these issues. Violence against women in its earliest form was defined by the Organization of American States (OAS) as “’any act or conduct, based on gender, which causes death or physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, whether in the public or private sphere’” (Keck and Sikkink, 172). Multiple onslaughts against women are listed by the OAS convention ranging from kidnapping to torture and even trafficking in persons. This issue has continued to emerge throughout the years as a crucial campaign to condemn violence against women in all its forms. However with the wide range of transgressions against women I decided to narrow the topic to sexual assault and violence against women on college campuses in the United States. When one thinks of going to college, their minds automatically go to what classes they are going to take, the major or minors they will choose, the new friends they will make, the dorms they will live in, the clubs they will join, or the parties they will attend. But no one ever thinks that they will be subjected to sexual violence or rape when they enter college. It’s a new stage in life and there are so many activities and opportunities waiting to be discovered. College
is supposed to be a safe place, a home and a school in one, where students can come to learn and grow into thriving adults. All that can drastically change in a moment. Sexual violence and assault against women has been “widely considered to be the most underreported crime in America” (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, eds., ii). The terrifying truth of the matter is that most of these crimes are committed by someone the victims know. But why is it that women, who are the victims of these crimes a majority of the time, don’t often come forward? A past case involving Manti Te’o and his made up dead girlfriend sparked a lot of controversy throughout the U.S. This Notre Dame football player invented a fake girlfriend who
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