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MAY 10, 2013
Sexual assault on campus: students
need to help prevent violence at Guilford
About one in every five women is
sexually assaulted during college. The
same is true for about 6.1 percent of college
men. Numbers like these make it clear that
institutions of higher
Guilford College, need
to be doing more to
prevent sexual assaults
from occurring on their
of students, faculty and
staff alike on the issue
of sexual assault is the
most important element
of prevention that
Guilford is missing.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics defines
sexual assault as “attacks or attempted
attacks generally involving unwanted
sexual contact between victim and
offender." Most people do not realize this
definition includes much more than rape
or even physical contact.
Guilford does take measures to prevent
sexual assault and offer options to those
who have fallen victim to sexual assault.
On-campus escorts and whistles are,
available to students. Sexual Assault
Awareness, Support and Advocacy and
the annual Take Back the Night event raise
awareness about the issue on campus, and
Guilford's counseling services are free to
any student in need.
However, SAASA and Take Back the
Night began at Guilford more recently than
some may realize.
"When I first came here in 2008, Guilford
did not have an institutional practice of
having Take Back the Night every spring,
which surprised me, given the kind of
place it is," said Julie Winterich, associate
professor of sociology and anthropology
and faculty advisor to SAASA.
Another recent addition is that of the
Sexual Violence Prevention Committee,
comprised of faculty, staff and students.
"The committee has been in existence for
about a year," said Director of Counseling
Gaither Terrell. "It comes at a time when
colleges across the country are paying
more attention to sexual assault because
of the Title IX issuance of the letter and the
The 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter from
the office of Assistant Secretary for Civil
Rights Russlynn Ali regarding Title IX
clarifies sexual harassment and assault as
a form of sex discrimination prohibited by
Title IX. Part of the letter emphasizes the
importance of education on sexual assault
in institutions of higher education.
"Schools need to ensure that their
employees are trained so that they know
to report harassment to appropriate school
officials, and so that employees with the
authority to address harassment know
how to respond properly," the letter reads.
Much of the education provided to
Guilford students in the past has focused
on how to prevent oneself from being
sexually assaulted. While helpful in some
aspects, this can contribute to a victim-
blaming mentality in the community.
"It amazes me that we don't have
education about consent in middle school
and high school, let alone in college,"
Winterich said. "From my perspective, in
education that should be a key component/'
"We decided to do a campaign for next
school year focused on consent," said
Terrell. "Our main focus is going to be
consent and educating not just students
but everybody on campus about consent
and about what to do if one is assaulted or
if you see something happening or know
somebody who's been assaulted. There's a
lot of education that we need to do."
While Guilford certainly needs ^td'
implement systematic education on sexual
assault and consent, responsibility also lies
with the students to educate themselves
and to take the college's core values to
heart. Terrell encourages students to join
the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee.
If you have been sexually assaulted, information on
what to do next is available on the Guilford College
website and the Family Services of the Piedmont’s
Rape Crisis hotline can provide assistance 24/7 at
the following number: (336) 274-7273.
Sexual Assault Statistics
Between 62% and 84% of survivors knew
8% of men admit committing acts that meet
the legal definition of rape or attempted
rape. Of these men who committed rape,
84% said that what they did was definitely
Sexuahassault offenders were more likely
than any other category of violent criminal
to report experiencing physical or sexual
abuse as children
Sexual assault is one of the most unreported
crimes; 54% are unreported
Someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
every two minutes
False reports of rape are rare, according to
the FBI, occurring only 8% of the time.
57% of rapes happen on dates
75% of the men and 55% of the women
involved in acquaintance rapes were
drinking or taking drugs just before the
55% of gang rapes on college campuses are
committed by fraternities, 40% by sports
teams and 5% by others
More than half of all rape and sexual assault
incidents occurred within one mile of the
survivor’s home or in their home
Throughout the last 10 years, the National
Crime Victimization Survey has reported
that approximately 30% of rape survivors
report the incident to the police
82% of rape survivors say the rape
permanently changed them
Assault victims are 26 times more likely to
Compiled from oneinfounisa.org
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