All individuals have the right to a safe campus environment free from threats of violence. At Wharton County Junior College, harming another person by committing any form of sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is strictly prohibited.
What is the Campus SaVE Act?
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was passed in March 2013 as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). The Campus SaVE Act amends the Clery Act, which requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics and disclosure security-related information in the following ways:
- It adds offenses involving domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the crimes that institutions must report and include in their annual security reports (ASR).
- It expands the categories of reportable “hate crimes” to include those based on bias against gender identity or national origin.
- The policy statements filed as part of the ASR must now include detailed descriptions of the institution’s internal procedures in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, as well as descriptions of its education and prevention programs.
Awareness and Statistics
One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year. In the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), she knows her attacker, whether as an acquaintance, classmate, friend, or (ex) boyfriend. Many are survivors of what’s called “incapacitated assault”: they are sexually abused while drugged, drunk, passed out, or otherwise incapacitated. And although fewer and harder to gauge, college men, too, are victimized. (Source: Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, April 2014).
Sexual Assault and Alcohol
On average, at least 50 percent of college students’ sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use. One study reported that 74 percent of the perpetrators and 55 percent of the victims of rape had been drinking alcohol. Research suggests that alcohol consumption by the perpetrator and/or the victim increases the likelihood of acquaintance sexual assault occurring through multiple pathways.
Understanding the Terms and Definitions Regarding Sexual Misconduct (Click on this link for information)
Being An Active Bystander (Click on this link to read about how you can stop acts of sexual violence)