Target: The Feminist Majority Foundation
Goal: Praise task force for bringing attention to student sexual assault
Sexual assault on college campuses are finally getting concrete attention. The rate of female college students who will experience sexual assault has been estimated at 1 in 5. The US Department of Education is currently investigating 55 universities for their handling of sexual assault reports. In light of the multitude of investigations, it is clear that victims may not be taken seriously by school officials.
The White House issued its first report stating what colleges must do in order to thwart sexual assault on campus. President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Eleanor Smeal said, “The release of this report is an important step in fighting the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses.”
The task force has launched a website, NotAlone.gov. They will also discuss sexual assault prevention strategies and provide training for school officials.
Sexual assault has long been regarded as a non-serious crime, and in the cases of married women, not a crime at all. Due to this stigma, sexual assault is believed to be heavily under-reported by victims.
The Feminist Majority will join White House efforts by participating in campus coalitions and training student activists to reduce the sexual assault rate. Thank the Feminist Majority and the White House for their ongoing efforts to give women their right to safety back.
Dear Feminist Majority Foundation,
We were thrilled to hear about the task force against sexual assault. College campuses are large, crowded, and difficult to monitor, making them prime locations for sexual assault.
The task force, along with other efforts such as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, have helped tremendously. They’ve brought to light the fact that sexual assault is indeed a serious crime, and perpetrators cannot be let off the hook just because they’re young.
Despite this progress, there is much further to go. Many continue to argue that women lie about assaults or technically deserve assaults if they are intoxicated or outside alone. These individuals need to be quieted, as they promote the idea that in some circumstances, it is perfectly ok to harm a woman.
The educational aspect of this task force may be the most important, as there are still many people who know little about this issue. Students must be taught to report suspicious activity instead of shying away. We thank you for your efforts to understand and end sexual assault on college campuses.
[Your Name Here]
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