By Madison Ortiz
Lasell College talks about enforcing consent knowledge but hasn’t taken any steps to make a difference in educating students on this issue. Lasell should have a mandatory consent class required to graduate. The course would teach students how important consent is, understand how to handle certain situations and help prevent sexual assault cases from happening.
By Blair Schneider – Contributing Writer
In less than one month, members of the Lasell community have received two notices of sexual assault on campus from Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin.
In late September, the community received an email from Austin, notifying them that an undergraduate student reported that she had been sexually assaulted and it was by a person known to her. The email said the alleged assault is reported to have taken place the weekend of September 18th, in one of the College’s residential buildings, and it is currently under investigation. More…
By Levi Flood – Contributing Writer
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, one in 33 men has been the victim of sexual assault. For every male victim there are nine female victims. Because of this, the word rape has ceased to be gender-neutral. Therefore, when victims are assumed to be female, the three million male victims living in America are forgotten and alienated.
By Erin Sanders – Contributing Writer
This doesn’t happen at Lasell. Not in Newton. In the aftermath of the alleged sexual assault at Lasell on October 18, these comments buzzed throughout campus. Most students were unaware that this was not the first assault here. This ignorance has become a threat to student safety.
For the first time since 2006, an alleged sexual assault was reported to students through email the following Monday, October 20. This came even though there have been six on-campus alleged assaults reported to campus police since 2011, not including the number of unreported assaults.
Emily M. Kochanek – News Editor
A year ago I wrote a feature article on hookup culture and the effects on women. It was a daunting and sorrowful task, as woman after woman recounted a time where she or another were sexually assaulted at parties or other social situations.
Recently, Boston Globe reporter Matt Rocheleau highlighted how recurrent sexual assaults and abuse are on Boston campuses. The Globe reports, “Across 22 of the largest campuses in and around Boston, reports of “forcible sex offenses” rose by nearly 40 percent between 2008 and 2012,” and a total of 113 sexual assaults were reported in 2012 from Boston campuses.
The statistics show a sharp increase in reports, but many speculate the increase comes from more awareness of the sexual assault problems.
Even with better programs trying to educate students, the Globe reports 88 percent of students victimized remain silent. And in today’s rape and slut shaming culture, the numbers remain higher. More…