years, colleges have worked with students on sexual assault issues in a way to
reduce, and ultimately eliminate, sexual assaults. The challenge is staggering when you review
national statistics and find that 1 in 4 college women are at risk during their
time in college.
the efforts were made to work with women on risk reduction and response. While noble in desire, this effort only works
with ½ of the equation.
truth is that 97% of the reported assaults are committed by men. Teaching women how to reduce the risk doesn’t
get to the heart of the issue. It’s time
for men to get involved to help with this issue.
I ask that
all men look at ways in which they can be part of the solution. There are some simple steps we can all take
to help with this important issue.
As men, we
can take steps to be involved:
and actions are powerful. Don’t allow
other men to objectify women.
Unfortunately, some men see this as “permission” for abuse.
- If another
person is being aggressive toward a woman, find a way to get involved. Don’t be a bystander.
- Be a good
role model with use of alcohol. Over 75%
of person-known rapes occur when one or both have been drinking. If you choose to consume alcohol, stay in
control and know your limits. Set good
examples for others.
together to make Hendrix a safer place for the women on our campus. Be a part of the solution!