I was blissfully unaware of this helpful Margaret Wente column published recently: Rape on Campus: is it an epidemic?
until I saw a response on the METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children) blog (Megaphone Diaries) written by Legal Director Tamar Witelson:
METRAC has been conducting our United Nations’ endorsed Safety Audit on Canadian campuses for nearly 25 years, and has identified many reasons why sexual assault is endemic in the campus environment. These include:
1. there is a high number of women in an identified community, and they are most often targeted for assault;
2. there is a disproportionately high number of people under the age of 25 in that community and young people, especially young women, are at higher risk of experiencing assault;
3. a significant number of people make campuses their home and sexual assault happens in “home settings” in high rates;
4. excessive alcohol and chemical substance use are common features of campus life and that can add to abuse dynamics; and
5. student life lends itself to study and social activities late at night and campuses often have many unmonitored, deserted, poorly lit areas ill-designed for safety, especially safety for women and other groups at high risk of abuse.
I can pretty much guarantee more on the blog on similar topics in the near future, so stay tuned.