Around college campuses all over the country and even high schools, as is the case in Steubenville, Ohio, sexual crimes are being perpetrated and treated by members of our generation as a non-event. A minor blip on the radar that is a person’s life.
But the fact of the matter is that sexual violence is not a small matter, it’s a big deal that affects everyone in some facet.
With this issue, Flyer News begins its coverage of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month of March, we will be reporting on the events and activities scheduled in conjunction with the campaign, and we hope to help spread the truth about sexual violence on college campuses.
These crimes are entirely unacceptable, and completely out of line with our responsibilities as a Catholic, Marianist community and as human beings. Unfortunately, they are all too common among people of our age group. By participating in the activities held this month, we will hopefully gain a greater understanding of the nature of sexual assault and how it can be prevented.
Earlier this year, Flyer News reported on the alleged sexual assault of a female. For many on the Flyer News staff, this was the first time we had reported on a story of such a serious nature.
Out of the stories Flyer News has a responsibility to cover on this campus, sexual assault is the one that makes us the most uncomfortable. It is also the same topic of discussion that is most uncomfortable for most students.
There needs to be more of a dialogue to correct this problem and the university is doing just that by using March as a month of awareness.
Unfortunately, sexual violence exists on this campus, but hopefully, with greater awareness and training, it can be prevented in the future.