Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tarleton State University is participating in a nation-wide campaign that will highlight prevention of sexual assault on campus for an entire month. In order to reduce the number of sexual assaults, it takes more than just students talking about it. It's a team effort combining students, staff, faculty, committees, groups on campus and many others to help stop sexual assault.

 Here's a few statistics on this topic:
    • One in five women will be a victim of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.(Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007)
    • One in 16 men will be a victim of sexual assault during college. (Krebs et al., 2007)
    •  Among college women, nine out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew the person who assaulted them (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
    •  More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault (Fisher et al., 2000)
    • 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years (U.S. Senate Subcommittee, 2014)

Prevention is in our hands. If we all work together, we can put a stop to it. Also, if you or anyone you know is in need of counseling, please contact Tarleton Campus Police, Student Counseling Services or Student Health Services. Their information is posted below. If you would like more information on the campaign, you can visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Month website.

Stephenville Police Department - (254) 918-1200
Tarleton Campus Police - (254) 968-9002
Student Counseling Services - (254) 968-9044
Student Health Services - (254) 968-9271

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