Part of the problem is that it’s difficult for teens and young adults to identify dating abuse, which can range from physical violence to verbal bullying to obsessive calling, texting or e-mailing dozens of times a day.Fifty-seven percent of the surveyed students said it’s “very or somewhat difficult” to recognize abuse.(Fisher et al.) The American College Health Association (ACHA) carried out The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Fall 2011.Their survey of 8,960 male students and 18,308 female students found that: - 3% of male students and 7% of female students reported experiencing sexual touching without their consent.At the same time, 43 percent of the women surveyed who date said they had experienced violence and abuse from a partner — and 60 percent of them said that nobody had stepped up to help.The survey was conducted last fall by research firm Knowledge Networks, which interviewed 330 female and 178 male students from four-year universities across the country about their dating experiences and definitions of abuse.
It is thought that nearly one in four college women have either been raped or suffered an attempted rape – and most knew their abusers beforehand.Penn State’s Gender Equity Center (Gen EQ) supports students who have been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, harassment, and other campus climate issues.Gen EQ staff provide education, advocacy, referrals, and crisis intervention/support counseling. Sadly, college campuses are not always the safe havens they should be.Domestic violence is a serious and widespread issue for college students across North Carolina and throughout the nation.