Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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Sexual Violence on College Campuses Among female college students, 23% said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact ranging from kissing, to touching, to rape. All of these females said it was carried out by force or threat of force, or while they were incapacitated because of alcohol or drugs. This data was collected from a survey taken by 150,000 students from 27 different Universities. (Wallace, Kelley, 2105) Sexual assault is sexual contact or behavior that happens without the consent of the recipient. An attacker that is familiar with the victim commits approximately two out of every three sexual assaults. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 95% of U.S. Campus rapes goes unreported. Sexual assaults just…show more content…
This solution to the problem will essentially cost little to no money for the colleges. The only thing they would have to do is put this information into their student handbook. If someone disobeys the policy, a legal action will take place and the police will then become involved. If colleges implement this it will make this rising issue come to a stop since further punishment will take place if there is an incident against the policy. There are now over 800 colleges that use “affirmative consent” standard in sexual assault policies. In California, Governor Jerry Brown, signed legislation-requiring colleges in the state to adopt sexual assault policies that shifted the burden of proof in campus sexual assault cases from those accusing to the accused. Consent is now "an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity."(New, Jake, 2014) The consent has to be "ongoing" throughout any sexual encounter. On California campuses, consent is no longer a matter of not struggling or not saying no. If the student initiating the sexual encounter doesn’t receive an enthusiastic “yes,” either verbally or physically, then there is no consent. If the student is incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol, there is no consent. California is the first state to make such a definition of consent law, but other states may soon follow suit. In New Hampshire and
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