While many of us can look back at college fondly (or someday will look at it that way, for those of you who haven’t graduated), but many can’t think about college without going back to a traumatic event. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college.
As we’ve seen in the past (FSU, Columbia, Hobart and William Smith) many institutions have been criticized for how they handled rape allegations. The fact that they’re often not required to be transparent with authorities and aren’t properly trained to even deal with sexual assaults, says The Washington Post, just adds to the problem. More than 100 schools are being investigated for how they handle campus rape cases, but it could be years before we get results that would help enforce new rules.
Most often, it happens during the first few weeks of school, reports The New York Times. The time between when freshmen students first arrive on campus to Thanksgiving break is known as the Red Zone, a period of vulnerability for sexual assaults.
Right now, every college campus is in the Red Zone, which is possibly why The White House just released a video for their “It’s On Us” initiative. The campaign, launched in over 300 college campuses, enlisted several celebrities for their new anti-rape PSA on consent.