Monsters on Campus: UNC-CH survey of sexual assault is chilling


The problem appears to be getting much worse:

About three thousand undergraduate women start their college careers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill each fall. By the time they graduate, nearly half are likely to experience sexual assault or misconduct. A quarter are likely to experience assaults that meet the definition of rape -- and that’s only the women.

Those numbers are based on the anonymous responses of college seniors at UNC-Chapel Hill who participated in the largest survey ever about sexual violence on college campuses.

Not trying to blame the victim here, but: The magic number is 2. While female students may still be vulnerable using the buddy system, the "he said, she said" dynamic is broken. That potentially corroborating witness will discourage most budding rapists, and they will go to great lengths to separate you. You don't go to a party, or leave a party, without your sidekick. Rushing, crushing, pledging, or even going to the fricking library, go with a friend. Lecture over, here's more:

“I'm frustrated that seven years ago I was having these exact conversations about solving the problem of sexual violence on college campuses at a different institution,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein reported being raped by a fellow student, back when she was a first-year student at George Washington University.

“I was pushed out of conversations, forced out of rooms, encouraged to leave the university,” Weinstein said. “And at UNC, I feel that I'm being asked to sit in those rooms and to share my thoughts, and I just hope people listen.”

That takes a level of courage I simply can't comprehend as a male. And the University needs to match that courage, and not run from it or cover its ears.



Quite possibly related:

A story caught my eye about some unsettling results discovered in a Meredith Poll, showing a spike in sexism in the youngest cohort (GenZ):

For the first time, The Meredith Poll embedded questions from the Hostile Sexism Scale (a recognized and validated instrument widely used in psychology and sociology). This scale tests underlying attitudes and we wanted to compare their results of this instrument to the questions that asked people about their support of women political candidates. The hypothesis was that some “social desirability” could be present in the survey. This means that some may say they support women candidates, but possess higher levels of hostile sexism, meaning it is unlikely they would actually vote for women candidates.

The Meredith Poll did find some evidence of hostile sexism and were somewhat surprised that Generation Z had very conservative beliefs about the role of women in society. There were also some differences based on partisan affiliation and other demographic groups.

The entire poll was around 1,000 people, and I couldn't get an actual number of GenZ who took part. But on a few of the questions about women, their numbers closely matched that of the oldest (greatest?) generation. Hoping it's an anomaly, but it definitely bears watching.