There has been a lot of talk about the task force Obama plans to implement in order to combat sexual assault on campuses. It is no secret that sexual assault is horrific problem across college campuses. We all probably know at least one someone who has been a survivor of an assault, and they probably watched their attacker walk away unscathed. This could be a very powerful initiative that is desperately needed overall, but especially after the many disrespectful and ignorant comments that politicians have been making, essentially victim blaming.
Schools have not been doing their part in supporting survivors of attacks, and while they may not have the systems in place to deal with it, there have not been enough questions of how we can implement a system to effectively deal with sexual assault and rape. The call to action’s desire to have more definitive standards when dealing with
This initiative is apart of a larger initiative to address sexual violence: Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action, which contains the full report on statistical findings, as well as the amount of work it will take to implement proper safeguards to better help survivors. I strongly encourage folks to at least read the executive that includes some great language that is quite different than much of the rhetoric that has been passed around by politicians as of late.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but this seems like a good place to start, and hopefully this helps prevent people from being assaulted, and helps educate folks on the troubling realities that accompany these attacks.
Thus far 55 colleges are being investigated for how they have handled sexual complaints. Hopefully these investigations bring about better practices in dealing with sexual assaults, and ensuring that survivors are able to name their attackers and bring charges if they so desire, as well as making sure that they get the help that they need.