Incidents of sexual assaultÂ onÂ college campuses areÂ nothing new, butÂ technology and social media have played a key role in elevating the issue to national prominence.
This summer the Stanford rape case blew up on Facebook and Twitter, as the victimâsÂ heartbreaking personal statement was published in full. There was also a backlash to Judge Aaron Perskyâs light sentencing of Brock Turner.
Rosen said in a press release that the event will help the communityÂ âspeak against campus sexual assaultâ and âmake campuses even safer and sex assaults even fewer.â
According to RAINNâthe nationâs largest anti-sexual violence organizationâ23.1 percent of undergraduate womenÂ experience rape or sexual assault, either through physical force or violence. The organizationâs website also notes thatÂ âcollege women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than robbed.â
College is a time for self-exploration, for young adults to go out into the world and figure out who they are and what they canÂ do with their lives. Unfortunately, that freedom can also result in terrible decisions that leave life-long scars.
The 2015 documentaryÂ The Hunting Ground did a good job of displaying this type of âfreedomâ and how it negatively affects others. The filmÂ details stories of sexual assault survivors from various colleges across the States. Even though these girls went to different schools and lived different lives, they all experienced the trauma of beingÂ raped.
The story tells how these young women were assaulted, by whom, and what the schools did to help them. Unfortunately, in the cases presented, the schools did little to nothing to help the girls, and oftenÂ ended up helping the rapists more than the victims.
The Brock Turner case is one example that hit close to home. The Stanford swimmer was convicted of raping an unconscious womanÂ at a party but was sentenced to just six months in jail. Even after social media erupted and calls were made for the judgeâs removal from the bench, Turner servedÂ justÂ three months behind bars.
In light of theseÂ events and the national outcry over sexual assaults on college campuses, District Attorney Rosen wants to make it easier for victims to get the justice they deserve.
Here is the full agendaÂ for the symposium.