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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 73 percent of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a non-stranger, 38 percent of rapists are friends or acquaintances and 28 percent are intimate partners.
The term “rape culture” is being used more and more frequently in social media, public conversation and even the mainstream news media.
The University of La Verne’s One In Three club held “Take Back The Night” last Friday, an event on campus aimed to speak out against and raise awareness of sexual assault.
Last week the White House released a video titled “1 is 2 Many,” an anti-rape public service announcement plainly explaining what rape really is and how men need to stop it. The video features President Barrack Obama and Vice President Biden, along with actors Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell.
The Army promoted Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. as director of program analysis and evaluation for an Army deputy chief of staff while he had been previously suspended and rebuked for mishandling sexual assault accusations against a colonel.
Claremont Police have a suspect in connection with the home invasion and rape of a 12-year-old girl, which happened nearly a month ago.
Residents of Claremont are still on edge as the search continues for an unidentified male who allegedly broke into a home and raped a 12-year-old girl on March 20.
Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape.
The University partnered with the One in Three club, House of Ruth and Project Sister to host the One Billion Rising campaign and event Friday.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Landen Gambill decided to go to court and report sexual abuse against a former boyfriend and now faces the risk of expulsion for violating the University’s honor code. Meanwhile, her attacker was found not guilty, was temporarily suspended and received a letter of discipline.