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mercoledì 29 marzo 2017

Rape Survey

SAN ANTONIO - A survey conducted by the University of Texas System found six percent of University of Texas at San Antonio students said they have been raped.

"The reality and unfortunate part of that is that, no, it’s not surprising,” said Miriam Elizondo, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center.
While the statistic was no shock to Elizondo’s organization, it may be to some in the community.
That’s key, she said.
We're just very encouraged that this report has come out and there's voice being given to the trauma that's happening on campus so we can make a change,” Elizondo said.The UT System released the findings of its survey Friday.
Thirteen of the system’s 14 institutions were surveyed in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.
The survey focused on three areas: students' experiences related to sexual assault and misconduct on and off campus, perceptions of their school's responses to these issues, and the impact of these forms of violence, such as missed classes, depression and increased use of drugs or alcohol.
The study found most of the assaults happened off campus.
Elizondo says a separate study from 2015 revealed only 9 percent of people sexually assaulted across the state of Texas report it.
"We need to find out why those 9.2 percent are reporting and try to replicate the services that they’ve received so that more and more people can report and we can find justice,” said Elizondo.
One of the main reasons survivors fail to make an outcry, she adds, is fear of not being believed.
"Inequality, power and control, sexism. Those things are breeding violence of all sorts,” Elizondo said. “We're not going to stop sexual violence until we start addressing some of the oppression that's happening.”
The Rape Crisis Center provides support and services to sexual assault survivors -- whether the crime has been reported to police, or not. People can call the center’s hotline at 210-349-7273.

UT System sex assault survey "not surprising" to Rape Crisis Center Myra Arthur - March 27, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — High in the gallery at the State Capitol, Mia Goldstein watched as lawmakers discussed something plaguing Texas college campuses.
The topic? Campus sexual assault, and for Goldstein, it isn't theoretical.
"As a survivor myself, I'm very connected to this work. Most of my friends are survivors,” she said.  
A student at the University of Texas and the president of Voices Against Violence, a group working to prevent sexual assault and rape, Goldstein testified at Thursday's hearing.
An survey of University of Texas undergraduates found that 15 percent of women reported being raped while enrolled at the Austin campus. The survey was revealed Thursday at the hearing. 
"Ending sexual violence is about changing the norms and behaviors that allow violence to occur," Goldstein said.  
Sen. Kirk Watson, D-District 14, is behind several bills on the issue.
"All of the testimony of how much sexual assault is going on tells us we need to do something,” Watson said.  


One bill would require schools to provide an electronic reporting system for sexual assault victims.

Other bills would ensure amnesty for underage victims who might have been drinking at the time of the assault and would require schools to codify sexual assault policies.
"Wouldn't it be great if we never had to address things like sexual assault, or abuse, as you talked about in one of your earlier questions. But we do,” he said.
And Goldstein says, she's encouraged that lawmakers are listening.
"People are aware of this issue. It's kind of at the forefront of most discussions nowadays. But it's still happening."
And as long as it keeps happening, Goldstein says she'll keep supporting efforts to stop it.

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