College women are at highest risk of sexual assault
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:16:05 GMT —
President Obama is taking the necessary action to protect women in college.
They run the highest risk of rape and sexual assault, but a newly created federal task force is now focusing on preventing that.
"Students think well that happens [but in] other places. It won TMt happen to me and it won TMt happen here," said University of Texas Pan American Dean of Students Mari Fuentes-Martin.
She said there are safeguards in place to protect their student body such as having on campus police patrols and easy to access emergency phones.Martin told Action4 in 2012 they only had two reported assaults, but that doesn TMt mean students should let their guard down.
"If you add the influence of alcohol and drugs, peer pressure, hazing|that may occur. These scenarios set up situations where people can become victims very easily," she said.
According to a White House report, only 12 percent of college victims report the attacks. Martin found that figure concerning and said she thinks education is the best way to combat the problem.
"There TMs a shame factor. There is this guilt that I put myself in that situation and that TMs why people don TMt come forward. So again, its training the RA's, training our clubs, and organizational leaders [and] the passing of information- the flyers on the wall , ~have you been a victim of sexual assault? Do you feel depressed? TM," said Martin.
UTPA has several resources for students from health services and counseling to peer workshops and free self-defense classes.Not only does UTPA do its best to raise awareness to prevent sexual assaults from occurring on campus, but there are also people and resources in place to protect victims if it does.
"Even if they don TMt file criminal charges and pursue their attacker we can still try to take care of them physically and emotionally," she explained.
The overall goal, Martin said, is to have a fun, safe, and enjoyable college experience where students can focus on academic achievement.