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While college can be an exciting and enriching time for students, it can also be accompanied by some harsh realities, such as sexual assault, dating violence, and social pressures to drink alcohol. Unfortunately, these harsh realities occur on every campus nationwide.
The following page helps to develop your awareness about these issues and discusses resources for your student if he/she needs help.
According to the National Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college. More than 90% of sexual assault victims do not report the assault (NVRC, 2015).
Know Your IX provides an overview of statistics to illustrate the problem of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide:
Dating violence can include controlling, aggressive, or abusive behaviors in a romantic relationship. It may involve verbal, physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse.
According to Love is Respect, dating violence among college students is a problem. Consider the following statistics:
The Campus Dating Violence Fact Sheet from the National Center for Victims of Crimes indicates that:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses the consequences of dating violence. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following:
Underage college drinking is a significant public health problem. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience.
One national survey found that 60% of college students ages 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month of the study, and almost two out of three of them engaged in binge drinking (NIAAA).
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration levels to 0.08g/dL. This typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men—in about two hours (NIAAA).
Researchers, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, estimate the following:
How does drinking affect students’ academic performance? About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades.
In a national survey of college students, binge drinkers who consumed alcohol at least three times per week were roughly six times more likely than those who drank but never binged to perform poorly on a test or project as a result of drinking and five times more likely to have missed a class (NIAAA).
Northwest College trains students and employees about sexual misconduct each year. The following details the prevention efforts:
For more information about sexual consent, how to communicate sexual consent, sexual coercion, and the role of incapacitation in sexual assault, please see the Consent and Sexual Communications page.
Zero Tolerance Laws state that people under the age of 21 must not drink alcohol and drive. Even if minors only have one drink, they will be punished for violating this law, regardless of whether they are physically impaired or not during driving.
For more information about drinking and driving in Wyoming, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Sobering Facts: Drink Driving in Wyoming.”
Being able to set boundaries is a part of a healthy relationships. For more information on how to set boundaries, please see the Relationship Boundaries page.
For more information about the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, see the Relationship Red Flags page.
To learn about Bystander Intervention and how your student may be able to intervene in a potentially problematic situation safely, see the Bystander Intervention page.
If your student experiences an assault at Northwest College or in the community, it is important to know reporting options. To understand the options, see the What to Do When an Assault Occurs page.
For more information about how to respond to a victim of sexual violence or intimate partner violence, see the How to Respond to a Sexual Assault Survivor and the How to Respond to an Intimate Partner Violence Survivor pages.
To learn more about what a survivor may go through after an assault, see the Aftermath of Sexual Violence page.
Though issues of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and alcohol use/abuse can be difficult to talk about, it is important for students, parents, families, and the community to be educated and aware of these issues. The more we can be open about these issues, the better we can address them when they do happen, and the more equipped we will be to prevent them from happening.
To educate yourself and your student more on these topics, see the Educational Video Resources page.