We have all read about the escalation of rapes that have taken place on college campuses. There are so many conversations to have on this topic. Are college campuses educating incoming freshman about safe sex and rape. It is refreshing to see that women are actually coming out and saying this person raped me vs sweeping it under the carpet. Unfortunately most campuses are not equipped to deal with the aftermath of these abuses as they would prefer to continue to sweep a rape under the carpet.
Education is obviously key. Sexual education should begin at a very young age and in many schools it does where as in other schools there is none. Sex is one of those topics that parents rarely talk about. They realize that they should talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol but when it comes to sex many just want to know if they are using birth control.
The reality is that once your kid reaches a certain age they are more than likely going to become sexually active because of the hook-up culture that is essentially the long tail aftermath of the sexual revolution. Birth control has given women the same opportunity as men when it comes to having casual sex. Because both men and women are having one night hook-ups there seems to be this broken communication around when no means no. What is incredible is because so many women are now empowered to have casual sex and feel comfortable about the one night hook-up that they also feel powerful enough to say I have been raped. They are not holding back but putting it out there because they realize that they were raped, it is a crime and it is not ok. I applaud every single one of these women who have come forward. However the system has to get better at gathering information and investigating rape. After all, in our country you are innocent until proven guilty and you have to prove a crime in order to prosecute those individuals.
Let’s go back to the importance of education. Young men ( and women ) have to understand that no means no. Make sure that you are both consenting to having sex. Communicate and if someone is so wasted that they can not communicate I would take that as a no. Second is use protection. Third is sex is a two way street. These are conversations that should be taking place at home not only at school. Respecting each other when it comes to sex is an important lesson to learn young.
Colleges should be talking about rape, educating incoming freshman about no means no and understanding that there will be repercussions, prosecution and immediate suspension if someone was found to have raped another individual. Colleges should be safe places where you can go wild among friends and are free to have a one night hook-up without fear of being raped.