Sexual Assault Policies

2167 WordsJul 13, 20189 Pages
According to Kathleen Hirsch, the author of “Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women” 1 in every 4 women attending college will be the victim of sexual assault at some point during her academic career. Or in another study reported in the “The sexual Victimization of College Women” there are 35.3 incidents of sexual assault in a group of 1,000 women in a time span of 6.91 months (Statistics). Obviously sexual assault is a huge problem that should be taken very seriously. Some colleges have wonderful programs put in place that provides great services to help those students who have been have been sexually assaulted and programs that help education and prevent sexual assault. Laws have been created to…show more content…
As Marilyn Derby stated, the director of Residence Life at Willamette University, she feels obligated to tell the students when they start talking about sexual assault that she is required to report it and it could lead to a formal investigation. The lack of a confidential resource would prevent students from talking to anyone about the incident for fear of the consequences. There is also a theory that sexual assault is such a problem on college campuses because there isn’t a “capable guardian” (Fisher & Sloan 92). According to “Campus Crime” by Bonnie S. Fisher and John J. Sloan if there was a “legitimate capable guardian who was able to enforce some kind of punishment then there would be a dramatic decrease in the number of sexual assaults a school would experience” (Annotatedbib). If schools could provide a sense of fear for those who attack other students and a sense of comfort and protection for victims, sexual assault would decrease immediately. But someone in the schools must fill that role of protector and punisher or sexual assault will continue to occur and many of the incidents will continue to go unrecognized. Schools are taking different approaches today to enhance the safety of their students. Take Duke University who plans to adopt a new policy that should, in theory help with their sexual assault victims. Their new policy changes the punishment of the guilty students who have committed sexual
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