Rape And Sexual Assault Rates

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Not too surprisingly, Richardson and Shields found that sexual assault rates are “3.1 to 4.4 times higher at the most permissive colleges and universities than their more restrictive counterparts”. The strict enforcing of alcohol bans can reduce sexual assault incidents. Socially regulated environments such as those found in religious schools do in fact keep the incidents of rape and sexual assault down. However Richardson and Shields points out that this is not because these schools effectively condemned rape, but rather the restricted environment keeps students in check. However, effectively enforcing alcohol bans as well as bans on overnight guest stays between males and females reduce rape and sexual assault rates “only modestly”. The two researchers stressed that educating students on the links between alcohol and sexual abuse. Coupling well enforced alcohol and overnight guest bans with effective education, security and counselling can dramatically bring down the numbers and incidence of rape and sexual assaults on campus.
With strict enforcement of the rules, there should also be compassionate counseling for victims. The DOJ report set up to 80 percent of campus rapes goes unreported. In addition, the DOJ states that victims of rape on college campuses may not report the incident because many of them who consumed alcohol would be in violation of alcohol bans and policies. The use of alcohol also causes victims to be unsure whether an actual rape happened or was…

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