Sexual Assault On College Campuses

1394 Words Jul 30th, 2014 6 Pages
Sexual assault on college campuses is an extensive topic that has concerned people for many years. The high rates and the case report cover-ups have brought about many varying opinions. Many people believe in changing the college framework to establish universities that are better equipped to deal with this issue. Others feel that the problem could be addressed by changing society’s outlook on crimes like these. While another group feels that the problem is in how we define rape. Despite these differences in opinions, one thing is clear, everyone agrees that something must be done to reduce sexual assault on campuses.
In his article, “Stopping Campus Rape,” Ross Douthat argues for changes in universities that would allow them to be more suitably trained to deal with these criminal cases. However, while he believes that this could improve the rate of assault, he is pessimistic of its consideration. He feels that because his suggestions are not popular with legislators and university administration, they are unlikely to be implemented. Douthat declares that most assaults happen because the public is afraid to, “upset the underlying legal and status quo,” because the people who have the power to make a change are afraid of possible losses. Despite these issues Douthat continues to argue that if this belief were broken, than sexual assault could improve.
Douthat’s argument also includes lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, which would give college students a better grasp of…
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