College is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. But know this: 1 in 5 female college students will be the victim of rape, or attempted rape on college campuses. It’s most likely to happen at the beginning of Freshman year, when girls who aren’t used to being on their own are more likely to take risks. Even worse, less than 5 percent of college rape victims report it, so most rapists are never punished.
What’s going on here? Well, a lot of victims convince themselves that the assault wasn’t actually rape because they KNOW the person who assaulted them. They don’t realize that someone they know could be a rapist and that it’s against the law to have sex with someone who’s intoxicated and unable to consent. Even when a student files a report, the college is often reluctant to do anything, because they believe it may be a misunderstanding and because the accusation might reduce enrollment. So, what can you do?
If you or someone you know has been raped, report it to the school and the police. Over 90 percent of college rapes are committed by serial offenders who average 6 attacks each, so they’ll probably strike again if you don’t speak up.
Also, know the facts: 60 percent of rapes happen in the victim’s residence. 30 percent in someone else’s residence. 10 percent in fraternities.
Finally, work to make your campus safer. Check out the website for Students Active for Ending Rape at SaferCampus.org. They offer rape-prevention training, bystander education, and victim advocacy training.