Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action. That is the title of the report issued this month by the White House Council on Women and Girls.
The epidemic of rape and the associated culture of indifference, entitlement and misdirected blame of sexual assault victims remains ever-present in our society today. The good news is that more women and men have the courage to stand up and say NO MORE. It is time that we break the stigmas that surround this crime and hold the real perpetrators accountable.
Deeply troubling is the statistic in the report of a study that found that of the male college students who admitted to committing acts of rape or attempted rape, nearly 63% said they committed an average of six rapes each. Couple that with the study in 2010 by the Department of Justice that 95% of college rapes go unreported and everyone can see why a renewed call to action is urgent.
The time for action is now and Connecticut is responding. I was at a press conference yesterday in Hartford to support new legislation to expand our current law to align with the recently passed federal Campus SaVE Act (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act) and require that all of our institutions of higher education commit the time and resources necessary to implement best practices in victim-centered response and prevention education and training.
Join Jane Doe No More as we work to improve the way society responds to victims of sexual assault through education, awareness, advocacy and support. And let your voice be heard; this Tuesday February 4, 2014 is ‘Time to Talk’ Day. Together we are making a difference.