Men in My Town

Sending your little girl away soon to her first year at college? 6 things you (and she) need to know about campus rape.

Posted in Men in My Town by Keith Smith on August 12, 2019

Sending your little girl away soon to her first year at college? 6 things you (and she) need to know about campus rape.

1. You’re at greater risk of being raped or sexually assaulted during your first semester freshman year than any other time during your college career. You can be raped at any age, at any time, at any school, but the risk is highest during your first few months as a freshman.

2. While it’s never, ever the victim’s fault, the more you drink, the more you’re at risk. Excessive alcohol and drug use, while never an excuse, are often cited by both the victim and criminal rapist as contributing to the crime.

3. Most victims are assaulted by someone they know or someone known to their friends. The risk of being raped or sexually assaulted by a total stranger while away at school is very, very low.

4. There’s a higher probability of being raped in off-campus housing than being raped on campus. The risk you face isn’t being raped by a stranger on your walk back to your dorm after a night at the library but from someone you know, or your friends know, while drinking off-campus during your freshman year.

So while anyone, any age might be sexually assaulted on campus by a stranger, the facts show you’re most at risk from someone you know, in off-campus housing, during your freshman year, after you and / or the criminal rapist have been drinking to excess.

5. Colleges and Universities have a self-interest in protecting their reputation and balance sheet. Your self-interest should be in protecting you. If you’re raped or sexually assaulted reach out for help. There’s no shame in what happened to you. Rape and sexual assault are never the victim’s fault. Never. Hear me? Never…so dial 911 and report your assault to the local police. Call the real cops. Let them deal with Campus Security.

If you can’t disclose to the cops, I understand, just know you’re not alone and there are people who will help you. Please call RAINN, the Rape Abuse Incest National Network at (800) 656 HOPE for 24 / 7 anonymous, confidential, free help.

Oh, yeah, one last thought. My title, ‘Sending your little girl away soon to her first semester at college? 6 things you (and she) need to know about campus rape,’ is misleading.

Number 6. Boys get raped too.

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Keith Smith, the author of Men in My Town, is a Survivor of a Stranger Abduction Rape and a Speaker on the topic of Child Sex Abuse, Sex Assault and Rape Prevention.

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