The Effects Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses Essay

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Dr. Barak
ENGL 111
30 September 2016
Break the Silence On January 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Memorandum, forming the ‘White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.’ This task force was established to help decrease sexual assaults in college campuses and create awareness of this little talked about topic. Many college students don’t believe sexual assault is an issue until it happens to them or someone they’re close with. Sexual assault affects the victims by making them feel helpless and causing serious negative effects on their emotional health. Many of these incidents don’t get reported due to students feeling unsafe or feeling like it isn’t that big of a deal. Even those that are reported, sometimes aren’t taken seriously by the school’s administrators. College should be a fun learning experience, where safety shouldn’t be a concern. Sexual assault is a serious issue in the United States especially in college campuses. Many of the victims are left with devastating lifelong problems. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders are only a few of the mental effects. In addition, many of the victims sustain injuries as a result of forced sexual assault. There is also a high risk of sexually transmitted infections including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) due to forced sexual contact. The emotional trauma can eventually lead the victims to attempt or commit
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