Sexual Assault and Harassment on College Campuses

Sex crime cases on college campuses have rapidly increased. Among many factors resulting in this type of behavior, cultural factors are often overlooked.

Sexual assault is defined by an individual being forced against their will to participate in sexual acts. This is commonly referred to as rape on a non-consenting victim. Australian law constitutes this as a crime.

Facing the Facts

Recent studies indicated that sexual harassment and assault occurred either on public transport facilities, university grounds, or university residences. Although universities have sexual assault policies in place, victims feel the policies are not as stringent as they can and should be to protect others and reduce these sexual crimes.

Behaviors Resulting in Sexual Assault

Drink Spiking

Students living at university residences often spend weekends at parties on campus where alcohol and drugs are accessible. Sexual assault cases have shown that drink spiking has lead to victims being intoxicated and unconscious resulting in rape.

Hazing

This type of behavior involves groups of individuals encouraging excessive alcohol consumption on other students followed by acts of humiliation and degradation performed by the group. This a commonly known as a university tradition which likely increases the risk of sexual harassment and assault.

Crimes of this nature impact greatly on victims lives. Their social lives, college studies, careers, and most importantly, their mental well-being, suffers. 

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