Throughout our class this semester I have learned more about sex and situations in what happens in our society more than I ever have in my lifetime! I have taken a lot of stuff into consideration and have used a lot of stuff and concepts that I have learned about to help my friends and me with stuff in our lives. The concept that really struck me the most was Sexual Assault. For being a sophomore in college today, you examine or even experience these types of situations a lot throughout your college experience. After doing an Op-Ed piece, annotate the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, and having women come to our class about sexual assault I have found that this subject is by far the most interesting concept. This subject influences me to learn even more about because since I am attending college right now I want be aware and to try my best to prevent sexual assaults to occur at Vanderbilt.
Some things that I have learned throughout this semester are that sexual assault can happen to anyone, male or female. Sexual assault is so common and is defined as any sexual act that is forced onto you without your consent. It can be brought upon with force, restraint, physical violence, intimidation, or verbal threat. This could be as simple as someone touching a person who does not give permission to do it. Or in other cases rape which is involving sexual intercourse. Sexual assault is a traumatic event that can cause extreme psychological problems with the victim.
Also some way to prevent and stay away from sexual assault is first just avoiding dangerous situations. Most sexual assaults involve alcohol so if students understand alcohol could put you in situations that are dangerous they should be careful in how much them consume. If students do not feel comfortable in the scene there is no point of trying to even stick around any longer. There are many sources that are provided at universities but only if students are not scared of taking advantage of them. I know I was aware at Vanderbilt that Project Safe offers resources to students about sexual assault. Vanderbilt does the organization of Green Dot to alert and inform students about these serious common issues. There has been computer online testing’s for students so they can learn more about sexual assault and also Vanderbilt has provided more security throughout campus to try to decrease violence within the campus. You hear some many innocents throughout the year about sexual assault issues that occur throughout college. According to Sarah. Lawrence, in college at least 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during her academic career and at least 50% sexual assaults were college students are associated with. (http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/security/assault/). After hearing all these facts and statistics I find it fascinating to keep learning about sexual assaults on campus and help try to prevent it. I believe if I tell people and publicize how serious sexual assault is or even creating posters than maybe here at Vanderbilt people will be aware of their actions. Overall I have learned a lot in this class as a whole and enjoyed every minute of it because I got speak my voice and learned more than I ever have about situations that I have always wondered about. I am so glad I took this course because it made me take these situations to the real world.
Sarah Lawrence < http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/security/assault/