Studies show that one in five women in college experiences sexual assault and students are at the highest risk of sexual assault in the first few months of their first and second semesters in college, and with the discussion sweeping the nation, Midwestern State University administration members are seeking ways to open the conversation.
Title IX of the education amendments act of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment in education.
Title IX Director Rachael Fornof said it is not unusual for there to be a delayed report of sexual abuse whether the person is a child or an adult.
“I think what the Brett Kavanaugh situation is showing our students is that they can have a conversation about this topic,” Fornof said.
What we wanna let students on this campus know is that there are multiple people on campus who are willing to talk them through.
Fornof said they are taking action against sexual assault by implementing multiple preventative programs on campus which they hope make students feel more open to talking about the problem.
Students on campus are also talking about the hearing and Samuel Mitchell a junior at MSU has a few words for his peers.
“You’re obviously representing yourself and as we see with Kavanaugh right now, this stuff hangs with you forever it can always come back up again,” MSU student Samuel Mitchell said. “So it not so much as a matter of planning for your future but also realizing the decisions you make now can still affect your future.”