Despite widespread efforts to reduce sexual assault on college campuses, the numbers continue to illustrate a harrowing problem*:
- College-enrolled women between the ages 18-24 are three times as likely to experience sexual violence as women overall.
- 11.2% of all students (undergraduate and graduate) in the U.S. experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation
- Among undergraduate students, nearly one-fourth (23.1%) of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault
- 21% of LGBTQIA+ students have been sexually assaulted
- 4-out-of-5 female college victims of sexual assault will never report the crime
To contribute to the efforts of other student organizations and our system-wide and campus-based Title IX and Civil Rights offices, the Associated Students has adopted a platform designed to increase resources to increase the investigative capacity of our institutions while also increasing awareness of sexual violence and consent in Missouri institutions of secondary education.
Funding for Title IX Offices: Despite less-than-stellar revenue estimates for the Missouri budget, we believe it is important to ask for resources where they are needed. Asking for funding for certain priority items on a recurring basis will raise awareness and support for an issue, potentially paving the way for increased funding at a later date. To enhance our ability to advocate for state appropriations, we request that the University of Missouri System include in its Fiscal Year 2019 State Appropriations Request approximately $200,000 in funding across the four UM System campuses.
Including Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Consent in the Health Education Curriculum: Research suggests that a significant portion of sexual violence perpetrated on college campuses occurs within the first three months of college attendance**. This requires a more proactive approach to ensuring young Missourians understand issues pertaining to sexual violence, harassment and consent. By including these discussions in the required curriculum for health education in Missouri high schools, we can ensure young Missourians are better informed about these issues before enrolling in college or university, which would protect would-be victims and would-be perpetrators.
*Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): Campus Sexual Violence Statistics
**Carey et al. 2015. “Incapacitated and Forcible Rape of College Women: Prevalence Across the First Year.” Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 56, Issue 6, 678-680. Hyperlink.