The Effects Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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A common worry of female freshman is the threat of sexual assault victimization on her college campus. Although the emotional treatment of sexual victimization is prevalent on campuses nationwide, research has neglected to explore the effect the assault has on academic performance (Faravelli, Guigni, Salvatori, & Ricci, 2004). Can being sexually victimized within the first or second semester of a female’s freshman year of college negatively impact academic performance? Current research has shown that several feelings such as shock and confusion immediately after the assault can later lead to posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide as some of the long-term effects (Faravelli, Guigni, Salvatori, & Ricci, 2004). These emotional problems can inflict extreme stress on the student, preventing them from fully focusing on academics and in turn can lead to a lower GPA.
Sexual assault on college campuses is a major occurrence. Rape, and other forms of sexual assault are common throughout any part of the world. However, studies show that women who attend higher education institutions are at a greater risk of experiencing sexual assault (Fisher, B. S., Cullen, F. T., & Turner, M. G. (2000). In this same study, it concludes that in a college with 10,000 female students, more than 350 rapes will occur per year (Fisher, B. S., Cullen, F. T., & Turner, M. G. (2000). It can also be observed that rates of sexual assault are relatively even across all races (Smith, P.H., White,
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