Campus Sexual Violence, Misinformation, and Mismanagement

Trigger Warning/Content Note: As the title suggests, this essay and the associated videos and links discuss sexual violence on U.S. college/university campuses. Please exercise self-care when choosing to read this essay. The word “rape” is used in many places in the essay rather than “sexual violence” to denote that the laws as they currently exist often only address actual penetrative rape, rather than the full spectrum of sexual violence and assaults that can, and do, occur on campuses.

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Trigger Warning/Content Note: As the title suggests, this essay and the associated videos and links discuss sexual violence on U.S. college/university campuses. Please exercise self-care when choosing to read this essay. The word “rape” is used in many places in the essay rather than “sexual violence” to denote that the laws as they currently exist often only address actual penetrative rape, rather than the full spectrum of sexual violence and assaults that can, and do, occur on campuses. 

 

Campus sexual violence has been in the news for the last few years, thanks in part to efforts like Emma Sulkowicz’s 2014/2015 mattress-carrying project. Sulkowicz designed her senior thesis around the project in which she literally carried a mattress on her back for the entire academic year. She said she had been raped on campus in her sophomore year and Columbia University cleared him of any responsibility. Turning it into a…

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