Did you know that one in every four women have been or will be sexually assaulted while in college? And a third of these assaults take place are in their first year? According to the Department of Justice, sexual assault is the number one violent crime that occurs on college campuses and first year students are the most vulnerable. In the state of New York, the number of on-campus sexual assault cases has been on the rise. More than 10,000 students between the ages of 18 and 23 have reported cases that meet the legal definition of sexual assault. However, despite being mandated by the federal government to report these crimes under the Cleary Act, universities often fail to report the correct number of crimes reported on campus. One of the most effective ways that administrators and students can reduce campus sexual assaults is by being familiar with and organizing campaigns to review and reform their policies on sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault.
On Thursday, April 5, Columbia University hosted A Long Walk Home's Story of A Rape Survivor (SOARS), a multimedia performance, that showcases one woman's journey from being a rape victim to survivor. SOARS features a diverse of cast of actresses, dancers, photographer, and singers to empower college students, survivors, and their allies to address campus sexual assault.