Sexual assault in conjunction with alcohol has been an unsolved problem on college campuses throughout the years. The vulnerability faced by individuals who are under the influence increases the risk of being sexually assaulted. A student once said, “I was really drunk, and I kind of remember becoming aware that it was happening. It could’ve been conceived as consent in a way. It wasn’t like I said no and it happened anyway” (Washington Post, 2015).
Research has been conducted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to show sexual assault and rapes that have occurred on campus for students under the influence. In 2014, four members of the Men’s Basketball team were accused of gang raping a female student after a party. A more recent case occurred in during the 2017 Quadmania where a sexual assault was reported as occurring during the concert. Both of these incidents had occurred where the students were under the influence, rendering it nearly impossible to consent, and also making the victim more vulnerable and susceptible to sexual assault or rape.
There are many laws in place to report sexual assault claims that many students’ are unaware of. According to Title IX, any person (student, faculty, administration or support staff, visitor or guest to the campus community, or a family member), whether sober or intoxicated during the time, can report a sexual assault incident. To report a sexual assault, an individual must inform a designated responsible employee in person, by phone, in writing, e-mail, or even anonymously. All information about reporting, rights, resources, and additional information related to sexual assault and Title IX is provided at: http://www.umbc.edu/uhs/forms/VAV_protocol_updated_5.18.12.pdf.
Lastly, there are also many on campus and off campus resources. On campus an individual can contact the UMBC Campus Police, Escort Service, The Women’s Center, University Counseling Center, and an Employee Assistance Program. There are also helplines off campus including, but not limited to, the Howard County Hopeworks, TurnAround, Inc., Baltimore County Domestic Violence Referral Program, Violence Referral Program, Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) Sexual Assault, and many other.
The research conducted on factors of sexual assault in accordance with alcohol consumption show that rates of report decrease when a victim was not sober. There are many rules and rights that allow victims to come forward and discuss the incident that many students are unaware of. The created brochure will be distributed to high-risk areas such as, residential dorms, athletic centers, commons, women’s center, and other places. Through this, the hopes of the rates of reporting and rates of charges and arrests though these actions increase.
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