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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.

Asking For It

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Monday, Doug’s guest is feminist author Kate Harding, whose most recent book is a blunt examination of sexual assault as a social phenomenon. Harding says we talk about it in the passive voice: “Local woman raped.” But somebody is to blame, and Harding argues our culture is diverting scrutiny from the criminals and asking the wrong questions of victims. She joins us to talk about the ways stereotypes in entertainment, news media, politics, and daily life have created our rape culture.

Information and education for teens and young adults about sexuality is available on the Web site Scarleteen.com.

Visit the Utah Rape Recovery Center's Web site for more resources.

Kate Harding is the coauthor of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere [Indiebound|Amazon] and a columnist for Dame Magazine. Her new book is called Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It. [Indiebound|Amazon]

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