It's hard to pin down the numbers on sexual assaults on college campuses. Women often don't report attacks to authorities, and studies vary on how they define an assault. Figures range from rates as low as 3% to as much as 20%. But even using the most conservative numbers, that means nearly 2,500 women attending college in Utah will experience rape or attempted rape this year. RadioWest hosted a three-part series on the complicated issues surrounding sexual assault. We talked about the culture that may be contributing to the problem, about prevention and how Universities respond when the unimaginable happens.
Addressing Alcohol and Preventing Rape on Campus
Wednesday, we continue our examination of the problem of sexual assault on America's college campuses. Alcohol is at the heart of that problem. According to researchers, students who are either the victims of rape or the assailants are more often than not drunk. But, for lots of reasons, schools avoid directly discussing alcohol and rape in the same breath. We’ll talk about what colleges and universities should be doing to prevent rape and where the blame lay when an assault does occur.
- Robin Wilson is a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Holly Mullen is the executive director of the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City.
- Kathleen Bogle is an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at LaSalle University.