The statistics on the rape of collegiate women are stark. On Wednesday (Jan. 22), the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report that said the most likely women to be raped in America are college students.
One in five college students report being raped while at their universities, the report states. One in five.
Only 12 percent of these young women report the rape.
Of the men who were part of the survey, 7 percent reported perpetrating rapes and 63 percent of that number said they had committed an average of six sexual assaults each.
Many of the rapes were linked to alcohol or drugs.
“The dynamics of college life appear to fuel the problem,” the report states, “as many survivors are victims of what’s called ‘incapacitated assault’: they are sexually abused while drunk, under the influence of drugs, passed out, or otherwise incapacitated.”
President Barack Obama is giving a task force 90 days to formulate a plan to fight rape on college campuses. In April 2012, he said: “We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.”
How can people of conscience and faith communities address this issue?