A new report of a White House Task Force details the problematic ways in which 55 major colleges and universities across the nation have been dealing with the epidemic of sexual assault on their campuses. Must reading for anyone who cares about sexual assault and abuse. Recognizing the problem is a good first step, but now we have to find solutions!
From the report:
One in five women is sexually assaulted in college. Most often, it’s by someone she knows –
and also most often, she does not report what happened. Many survivors are left feeling isolated,
ashamed or to blame. Although it happens less often, men, too, are victims of these crimes.
Prevention programs can change attitudes, behavior – and the culture. In addition to identifying
a number of promising prevention strategies that schools can undertake now, we are also
researching new ideas and solutions. But one thing we know for sure: we need to engage men as
allies in this cause. Most men are not perpetrators – and when we empower men to step in when
someone’s in trouble, they become an important part of the solution.