College Graduations mark the end of “The Year of Sexual Assault”

As spring came to an end a few days ago and the calendar transitioned to summer, and that transition ends another season of college graduations filled with speeches of hope for the future. Unfortunately, this past academic year was marred by challenges for students, as a rash of sexual assaults on campus plagued women across the country. Therefore, many of the speeches were reflective on the negatives of the past 11 months, rather than inspiration for the future. But with the problems on college campuses comes a new hope that new laws like the Campus SaVE Act will reduce the number of sexual assaults and violent campus crimes going forward to 2015-2016 and beyond.

Training Programs Essential to Avoidance

Studies have shown that educational training programs have a positive impact on reducing the number of sexually violent crimes on college campuses. Accordingly, last year the federal legislature amended the Jeanne Cleary Act to enact the Campus SaVE Act, which included several new training requirements to be imposed on institutions of higher learning.

Some of the training requirements include instructing students and faculty on what constitutes domestic violence, and how to stop it. Moreover, students and faculty are to be provided training on how to implement programs to promote positive bystander intervention, such as going out in groups and keeping a close eye on campus colleagues when social situations call for it. Finally, training courses teach students and employees how to “date smart” within the campus community and always be prepared for the possibility that a potential mate may have ulterior motives that could lead to violence.

Burgeoning Movement of Survivors Speaking Out

The past year has shown an increase in the number of sexual assault survivors on campus becoming activists for the cause to prevent other women from falling victim to such crimes. However, since student life on campus is only 4 years these strong women must eventually graduate from campus and become alumnae. Therefore, it is extremely important to teach student leadership and the fact that it is perfectly okay to discuss experiences (good and bad) while training students that it is okay to keep reported incidents confidential if the student or employee feels that is the course of action they would like to take. Again, awareness is education.

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