Unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault, rape.
Nearly a quarter of women on college campuses say they’ve been a victim of it.
Monday night CNN brought one story to the forefront, about a Stanford swimmer convicted of raping a 23 year old woman behind a dumpster. Ashley Banfield read most of the victim’s statement for 23 minutes on air.
“In this case where we have a victim who has enough confidence who has enough courage to speak out and use that platform to express herself in that very detailed way we are proud of that and we applaud her for that,” said Kesha Gibson-Carter of Svannah’s Rape Crisis Center.
Brock Turner, her rapist got just six months in prison for his three counts of sexual assault. A sentence that sparked outrage.
“The message thats being sent to this individual is that the next time he will have more confidence, he will be more brave, and he probably will be more brazen in his attack.”
“He raped me. She said yeah you are the sixth girl who came to tell me this,” said a rape victim from Baylor on ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
Recently multiple football players at Baylor have been arrested, charged or even jailed for assaults on their campus. Assaults allegedly hidden by the university.
“This is hard, rape on a college campus is not good for business,” explains Carter. “The Universities needs to remember these individuals are daughters, sisters, mothers they are grandmothers, so when officials start to look at these pieces as if it could happen to me and happen to my child.”
Kesha Gibson-Carter of Savannah’s Rape Crisis Center says more local victims are college students than any other part of the community.
“Statistics and studies show that 1 in 5 women are victims of rape,” said Gibson-Carter. “On college campuses that number is 1 in 4.”
The other number involves alcohol. 40% of those assaults, 36% of those are connected to drinking.
“Rape is never the fault of the victim,” said Carter. “No matter how much a woman drinks or what she wears or doesnt wear.”
The Rape Crisis Center is doing its part to connect with colleges by promoting awareness and understanding.
“Whenever we have these disclosures of victims, survivors, we ought to be about the business of taking it very seriously because when we do take it seriously then we can prevent it from happening to someone else,” says Gibson-Carter.
“When men and boys behave badly when it comes to everyday occurrances yes they should be punished, but when men and boys behave barbarically when it comes to sexual violence not only should they be punished, they should be arrested, they should be prosecuted, and they should be sentenced accordingly.”
Carter says be state law, sex with someone who is impaired and intoxicated is considered rape.
If you want some help call the Rape Crisis Center at 912-233-7273.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).