A Call for More Faculty Involvement in the Campus Rape Crisis

April 15, 2015 4:56 PM

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One-in-five female students and six percent of male students will experience sexual violence during their college years. Behind these alarming statistics are human beings whose lives have been shattered by violence. Sexual assault is a Title IX issue because it affects the academic experience in gender inequitable ways. In my work with survivors, about half end up transferring to another school, taking time away, or dropping out of college altogether. Campus rape compounded by institutional betrayal often dramatically changes the life and career trajectory of survivors.

Traumatized students exhibit signs that are easy for faculty to spot, including sudden social withdrawal in the classroom, missing classes, missing tests and assignments, and a rapid and significant decrease in work quality. Given our proximity to students and the trust they place in us, faculty are...

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