A common theme in the news lately has been sexual assault on college campuses. Why the sudden growth in these incidents? Part of the problem could be the lack of education on college campuses. Not education not to commit the act, however education about what exactly it can be. Sexual assault isn’t always the cookie cutter we see in movies and such, there’s many different circumstances that can arise that may not look like sexual assault, however it is.
Can sexual assault happen between two best friends? That’s exactly what happened in the production “One Night” that was put on by the theatre company “Equalogy” here on Monday during community time at Vets Hall. The production was an interactive play about one night of fun before four friends graduated from college. After too many drinks, two friends who had feelings for each other almost got intimate, however, the girl decided against it. However, she had no say in the matter.
She was taken advantage of and distraught. The male character was confused because they had been intimate before. However that had nothing to do with it. Something like this could easily play out on any college campus, and according to the news it has. According to Sarah Lawrence University, at least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career, and at least 50% of those incidents include alcohol.
Sexual assault can’t just be between a suspect and a victim, it can be between two friends, two people in a relationship. It doesn’t discriminate between gender, age, or sexual orientation. Being a bystander and not speaking up can be just as bad. Don’t blend in like a zebra. Speak up, help your friend, and bring them to a hospital.
Lucky for us, we have a great source on campus that educated us about sexual assault. CESA (Campus Educators on Sexual Assault) is the go-to source here at Salem State. (@SSU_CESA) If you’re interested in training to be a campus educator yourself, sessions are on Tuesdays on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th from 4:00-7:30 in Marsh 210. Dinner is provided at every training session.