It's On Us
As the school year begins and millions of college students head to campus, the conversation of campus sexual assault couldn’t be more timely or important. Currently, one in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted on college campuses in the United States. Sadly, a staggering 90 percent of those cases go unreported.
These statistics are devastating and completely unacceptable, highlighting just how important the fight against sexual assault is on campus. All students, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexuality, have the right to feel safe while experiencing all that college has to offer.
This month, I met with students, faculty and staff from Roosevelt University to discuss the important work they are doing to prevent sexual assault on campus. Roosevelt University is a leader in the fight against campus sexual assault and I’m extremely proud, both as an alumnus and policymaker, of the work they are accomplishing, training student leaders to send the message to their peers that ‘consent is sexy.' The discussion with students, faculty and staff of Roosevelt highlighted how campuses across the country can work to prevent sexual assault.
As Vice President Biden said, “It’s on us” to make the changes necessary to continue the fight against campus sexual assault. With women making up more than half of all college students, it is more important than ever that we have open, honest and real conversations about preventing sexual assault. We all have a responsibility to challenge a culture that vilifies victims and creates barriers to reporting incidents of sexual assault. It’s on us. Like my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page to share your thoughts with me.