The trouble with sexual assaults on campus starts with alcohol. Then it rumbles through dorm rooms, echoes in under-breath conversations, but it never reaches the boys in blue.
A recent report funded by the Department of Justice found that roughly one in five women who attend college will become the victim of a rape or attempted rape by the time she graduates.
That same report also warns that only five percent of sexually assaulted victims report the incident to authorities.
Although UTSA’s 2010 Security Report declares five forcible sex offenses from 2007-2009 (three in 2007, two in 2008, zero in 2009), statistically, many more may have gone unreported.
According to the Center of Public Integrity, official university figures on sex crimes “don’t begin to reflect the scope of the out.”
Vice-President Joe Biden made it clear that his administration is looking to address this buried issue.
On April 5, he announced new Department of Education guidelines for preventing sexual assault incidences in universities. The directive has prompted many universities to step up their efforts in raising campus awareness on the issue.
UTSA has designated April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the Women’s Resource Center hosting a series of free events aimed at educating students on methods of preventing sexual assaults.
“(Sexual assault) is something more women need to start speaking out against; it is something that they will face in the workplace as well,” said senior English major Angela Marisa Pantoja. “I spent 10 years in corporate America and I know that to be a