By: Shakristal Williams
This causes many sexual assaults to be severely underreported and highly prevalent on college campuses. Many survivors are blamed, told that their experiences are normalized, and afraid there aren’t resources that will help them heal and find justice. Also, with the increased usage of drugs/alcohol and the lack of proper sex education, many students attend college without a full understanding of consent and healthy relationships and become victims or perpetrators of sexual assault easily. There are subconscious behaviors and beliefs that reinforce this culture and it can be a hard thing to acknowledge at first.
It may seem like preventing such a deeply enriched and problematic facet of our society such as sexual violence is impossible to eliminate, but prevention can start with the individual-not just with self-defense classes and tools but with challenges to the culture that fosters sexual assault.
How can people challenge this culture of sexual assault?
- Challenge victim blaming and believe and support when, and if, survivors disclose their trauma
- Begin and model supportive relationships and behaviors
- Call out harmful attitudes and stereotypes
- Fight against the normalization of rape and sexual assault
- Implement policies that promote safety, respect, and justice for all