Recent revelations in the news regarding Peyton Manning and alleged sexual assault while he was in college inspired us to do some research and talk about sexual harassment in college for this week’s show. Scholarly papers, study groups, and surveys are abundant, however their numbers are not necessarily in-step with one another. Keep reading to learn some of the facts we uncovered. Listen to hear Dan and Lyle’s commentary. Click below.
So, here are some of the facts and figures we found while doing research:
- In general, to be part of the college party scene one should be heterosexual, at least middle class, unmarried, American-born, childless, traditional college age, politically and socially mainstream, and interested in drinking.
- In a study published in 2000 that followed students for 4 years of college, annual prevalence rates were alarmingly high, although they declined slightly each year. In their first year of college, 31% of the women experienced some type of sexual assault; 6.4% experienced completed rape. In their fourth year of college, 24% of the women experienced a sexual assault; 3.9% experienced completed rape.
- At least half and perhaps as many as three-quarters of the sexual assaults that occur on college campuses involve alcohol consumption on the part of the victim, the perpetrator, or both.
- Among female college students, 23% said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact — ranging from kissing to touching to rape, carried out by force or threat of force, or while they were incapacitated because of alcohol and drugs
- More than 50% of the women who reported some of the most serious incidents, including forced penetration, didn’t report it because they didn’t think it was “serious enough,” according to the survey.
- By attributing bad experiences to women’s “mistakes,” students avoid criticizing the party scene or men’s behavior within it. Such victim-blaming also allows women to feel that they can control what happens to them. The logic of victim-blaming suggests that sophisticated, smart, careful women are safe from sexual assault. Only “immature,” “naïve,” or “stupid” women get in trouble.
In addition to these, there were a lot of varying “facts” about sexual assault. We also discuss some of the alleged details surrounding the Peyton Manning case. Join us.