Rape Culture: Campus Edition

Rape has been a long-going epidemic worldwide. However, with the evolution of media and how fast news spreads, instances of rape have been publicized more frequently, and the threat it has posed to college students nationwide has become realized by hundreds more.

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  1. Brock Turner, a former D1 swimmer at Stanford University was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a fraternity house. This case in particular blew up all over the media, mainly because of his extremely light punishment for his horrible actions. Turner was released from prison after serving only half of a 6-month sentence.
  2. Brock Turner was released early on the premises of "good behavior." He will still have to serve three years of probation, and will have to register as a sex offender. Many would argue that having the title of sex offender under your name is a lifetime punishment in itself.
  3. This tweet serves as a perfect example of just how much of a psychological impact rape can have on its victims. The smallest things in every day life can trigger unwelcome thoughts, memories, smells and sounds for those who are victims of rape.
  4. Cortland Athletics: It's On Us
  5. The It's On Us Campaign was launched by former president Barack Obama that seeks to put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. "An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years. Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished." Above is the Cortland Athletics Department's video promoting awareness and their continued support to this initiative.
  6. Are fraternities doing enough to stop campus rape? BBC News
  7. Many colleges have been under investigation regarding their conduct for dealing with sexual assault cases. This video investigates those universities and those various procedures that each implements. The documentary offers several unique perspectives, both male and female, on how sexual assault should be handled on college campuses, where this tyoe of crime has been on the rise.
  8. This blog post offers the perspective of Linda Alfiori, who offers guidance on how to best avoid the possibility of being raped in college. She suggests only drinking with loved ones, and those you can trust. In this way, you can not get blamed for being "too heavily intoxicated" A lot of what she suggests is interesting, like how apparently many rapists in college target those with scholarships because they are the least likely to report the incident in order maintain that financial aid.
  9. To conclude this story, I chose this tweet with a link to an article written for the Washington Post concerning the "common theme" of sexual assault in higher education and there must be an end put to it. The article deals with a former UC Santa Cruz student who claimed she was raped by one of her professors in 2015 and that the university neglected to stop it, knowing full well of his history of pursuing female students.
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