The faces flash by on the computer screen. The women on the screen are differents shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. However, there is one thing that all the women have in common: they have all been sexually assaulted on a college campus. More than one in five women were sexually assaulted on college campuses (Mott, Par. 1). It has been proven that programs in schools can help prevent these statistics from growing. However, more needs to be done to prevent sexual assault on educational facilities because the current programs are not fulfilling their purpose.
Sexual assault is defined as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” (“Sexual Assault”, 2nd heading). An average of 237,868 Americans (ages 12+) are sexually assaulted per year. This translates to an american being sexually assaulted every two minutes. This does not even include all of the children who are victims of sexual assault. The government has tried to combat these appallingly high statistics with various pieces of legislature, including Title IX.
“Title IX is a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding” (“History”, Part. 2). Title IX covers 10 different aspects of gender equality (“History” Par. 3 ). The different aspects are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Standardized Testing and Technology, Sexual Harassment. One of the hardest areas to regulate is sexual harassment and assault because once it occurs there isn’t a lot you can do for the victim.
Through Title IX, schools “have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials” (“Key Areas”, Par. 2). However, schools have trouble preventing assault, reporting cases, and punishing culprits accordingly.
Some schools that receive no funding from the government are not required to report the cases to the government as required by Title IX. One of these schools, Patrick Henry College, has had some problems recently with sexual assault (“Blame”). Several women who were sexually assaulted on campus claimed that the school didn’t take their claims seriously, blamed the victims for the assault, and let the men off easy. Patrick Henry denied the accusations and said they had disciplinary procedures in place for this sort of crime. This situation is tricky, because, yes, they don’t receive government funding, but still, should they be allowed to handle the situation in such a nonchalant way?
The current programs are unsuccessful in preventing assaults and enforcing punishments for culprits.The programs have not significantly decreased the number of women assaulted on college campuses. There are three main reasons why colleges have a problem with enforcing the current...