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Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Local Advocates Speak Out

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 29 Apr 2013 04:28pm | comments
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Research shows that every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted and 80% of the victims are under the age of 30.
Dr. Safiya Omari, an associate professor at Jackson State University who specializes in mental health issues,  says that makes college campuses a prime environment for sexual assault.
"Statistics show that about 50% of the victims never even report it because of the shame and the stigma and the 'blame the victim' mentality," says Omari.  "That's why it's very important to talk that issue that can help keep people safe and help reduce the numbers."
Because of the shame and embarrassment associated with the crime, Levette Johnson with the Mississippi Coalition of Sexual Assault says a majority of cases go unreported.
"So when it's someone you know who perpetrates this crime against you, you  begin to think, 'No one's going to believe me,' 'It's something that I've done,'  so in most cases, people think they won't be believed," says Johnson.
Experts say the only way to end sexual assault is through education. It's a theory that Joel Weathers, a senior business major at JSU agrees with that.
"If we start letting our young males know that we should be encouraging to not only other males, but females, we'll see a better change in our society  as far as the sex crimes, the hate crimes and all types of crimes we see today," says Weathers.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network 97% of rapist will ever spend a day in jail. 


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