Is there a rape culture on campus? Some say that rape culture is normalized across colleges, while others think the idea is merely a myth. But a new study by Yellowbrick, a national psychiatric center, sheds some broader light on the subject of sexual assault on college campuses. The group surveyed 1,000 current college students to better understand the issue of sexual assault on campus.
What Did The Study Reveal?
Yellowbrick discovered that 58% of those surveyed claimed to know someone who had been sexually assaulted. Female students are 25% more likely to know someone who had been sexually assaulted. A whopping 87% of respondents claim that sexual assault is considered common to very common. Meanwhile, only 4 percent of those surveyed reported that sexual assault is “not common.” On the contrary, 18% of those surveyed ranked sexual assault as “very common” on campus.
According to the study, if you’re involved with Greek Life, you’re twice as likely to be sexually assaulted. The survey concludes that 29% of those involved in Greek Life report to have been sexually assaulted on campus. Meanwhile, 79% of students who participate in Greek Life claim that they know someone who had been sexually assaulted.
On the contrary, 77% of those surveyed reportedly feel either safe or very safe from sexual assault on campus. Of those surveyed, 90% of males report feeling safe from sexual assault on campus, while 70% of females feel the same way. However, 86% of respondents believe that the topic of sexual assault deserves greater attention on campus.
Out of the 1,000 students surveyed for the study, only 14% claim to have been sexually assaulted. Three out of the four respondents who say they were sexually assaulted are women. However, only 44% of the alleged sexual assault victims have reported the attack. This may have something to do with only 35% of female participants trusting their university’s sexual assault procedures. Only 39% of overall participants believe that universities effectively support students affected by sexual assault, compared with the 6% who felt that their university addresses the issue of sexual assault “very well.”
Here’s A Study Looking At Sexual Harassment In College
A study, first revealed in The Irish Examiner, reports a rise in sexual harassment as a student progresses through college. A total of 400 students took part in the Smart Consent Survey. The study concluded that 70% of respondents report experiencing unwanted sexual attention, along with sexist and sexual hostility during their third year. Out of those surveyed, 39% of participants claim to have experienced sexual coercion and 36% say they were the subject of electronic sexual harassment.
The Smart Consent Survey concluded that reported experiences of sexual coercion, unwanted sexual attention, sexist hostility, sexual hostility and online sexual harassment increased as female students advance from their first year to their third year in college. Male students followed the same sequence, although to a much lower extent. The male students surveyed reported less online sexual harassment during their third year. Online sexual harassment is the only category that went down for males in the third year.
Statistics On Reporting Collegiate Sexual Assault
In 2014, 91% of colleges in the U.S. reported zero incidents of rape, according to American Association of University Women (AAUW) . Meanwhile, in 2015, 89% of American colleges reported zero campus-related rapes, also according to the AAUW which surveyed the data by schools to the U.S. Department of Education. “When campus environments are hostile because of sexual harassment and violence, students can’t learn. It’s that simple and it’s that devastating. Schools have an important and necessary role to play in addressing this epidemic,” said AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz.
Regarding the latest Yellowbrick study, only 44% of those claiming to be sexual assault victims reported the attack. This means that 56% of those claiming to have been sexually assaulted did not report the crime to authorities.
According to RAINN, only 20% of female college students (aged 18-24) who are victims of sexual assault actually report the crime to law enforcement.
What is Rape Culture?
Rape culture is a sociological concept, arguing that based on societal attitudes towards sexuality and gender, rape has become normalized and pervasive within a certain setting or community.
This concept can be applied to prison rape, war-related sexual assault, and the societal response to rape and rape victims. There are many behavioral patterns connected with rape culture, including, but not limited to victim blaming, slut shaming, sexual objectification, trivializing rape, denial of widespread rape, and denying the harm caused by some forms of sexual violence.